The Liina Transitional Shelter was designed as a temporary building to be used in cold and harsh climates during crisis situations around the globe. The panelized system of construction allows the structure to be assembled by 2 adults in one day with only common tools and a simple visual diagram. Six 60cm wide panels are joined together with simple, peg joints to form a frame and then tightened using nylon straps (“Liina”). Gaskets in between panels are compressed by the straps to create air-tight joints without any metal fasteners or electric-powered tools required. Once each frame is tilted up and linked to the others they can be bound together using the same strap system. The shelter contains two sleeping spaces, a galley kitchen and multi-purpose eating/living/working space. A loft can be used as additional sleeping area and storage.

Project data

Project completed in May 2011

Instructors: Pekka Heikkinen, Matti Kuittinen, Pentti Raiski, Hannu Hirsi and Cristina Santamaria Nogueira

Architectural Design and Construction: Signe Aarset Loe, Miguel Castillo Lopez, Megan Groth, Aleksandra Cherepnalkoski, Rebecca Littman-Smith, Vladimir Ilic, Marta Marcos Marono, Maria Mor Pera, Chaeham Oh, Hugo Plagnol, Bernardo Richter, Einari Sutinen and Dmitry Troyanovsky

Structural Design: Kai Nordberg and Ulla Hakulinen

Project Management: Ransu Helenius and Mikko Merz

Models: Mikko Merz

Used materials

  • Structural panels – birch plywood & spruce LVL
  • Insulation – cellulose fiber
  • Waterproof skin – PVC tarp