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A floating emergency housing solution developed as earthquake disaster recovery option for Istanbul, Turkey’s largest and densest city.

Built Prototype Only


5 residents / 1 floating unit

$2,000 / resident

Medium Term (1-10 years)

85 days offsite 1 days onsite

Istanbul has privatized its public spaces which were supposed to be used after the earthquake. The floating house on Istanbul’s Golden Horn, which could be used as emergency housing following an earthquake in Turkey’s largest city. Fold and Float is designed to be emergency accommodation for up to six people following an earthquake. The prototype is designed and built in response to the diminishing amounts of space available for emergency accommodation in Istanbul. With not enough space allocated on land, the idea of a floating structure was born.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $10,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 5 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $2,000
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 235 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 1 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Not used as shelter yet
  • Readiness: Built Prototype Only
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: 90 days
  • Setup Difficulty: Low skill (RV, tent)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Mobile (on wheels)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Medium Term (1-10 years)
Used for shelter before? No
Used for shelter in the U.S.? Yes
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Intended use cases post earthquake emergency shelter
R-value (insulation) 41-50
Risk Category I
Roof Load (PSF) 0
Indoor Clearance Height (ft)
Waterproof? Yes
Professional Engineer Stamp?
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses Code
Other Structural / Safety Comments
Sustainability / Green Building Certifications?
Materials Used / Made of: Lightweight steel
Metal Sandwich Panel
Fibercement pontoon
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Ideal Mounting Surfaces Other
Anchoring Process Floating structure
Item Cost ($) Notes
Materials $
Labor $
Delivery $
Budget Total $0
Total Per Bed $0
Total Per Unit $0
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Design (days) 77
Production (days) 10
Site Prep (days) 1
Delivery (days) 1
Total (days) 90
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Production Capacity
Production Location Istanbul / Turkey

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