Istanbul-based architecture firm SO? has designed a prototype floating shelter that could provide emergency housing in the event of a major earthquake, reports New Atlas' Adam Williams.

Fold&Float is constructed out of steel and comprises two main parts: a lower pontoon base and an upper A-frame structure that folds flat for easy transportation.

The interior furniture is affixed to the wall on hinges. The idea is that once the shelter is unfolded into position on the floating pontoon in a suitable body of water, the seating, kitchenette, bathroom, and a raised sleeping area can all be unfolded too, making it ready for habitation very quickly and easily. The two door shelter has a total floorspace of 226 square feet.

Fold&Float was developed for the Hope On Water project at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial in 2018 and was created with input from civil engineering, architecture and sociology students. It's currently installed in the city's Rahmi M. Koç Museum.

Check out the video below to see more on the prototype shelter.

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