Bamboo or steel frame, the ReciproBoo Shelter Kit (RSK) is the only shelter in the world to use a self-supporting reciprocal frame roof.
This simple innovation, with 4 overlapping poles at its centre, results in a shelter that has exceptional strength and versatility for disaster relief. It is also the most efficient means of spanning a roof, using 33% less steel or bamboo and costing one sixth that of a conventional relief tent.
Its unique ability to support heavy foliage or any available insulation makes it much cooler in the tropics and a potential life saver in extreme cold climates when covered with snow.
The storm configuration provides vital protection and security in even the most severe weather conditions.
Lightweight and easily transported this is a shelter that can be adapted to any sloping terrain and is simple for two people to construct using basic skills in under twenty minutes.
But ReciproBoo goes much then further than this. In taking a grassroots approach, the RSK is a direct response to community members’ views and real needs in a disaster situation. It empowers people to participate and personalise their shelter like never before.
By making use of local resources the RSK is a truly sustainable shelter. It uses a simple and practical building concept that we now need to share with aid agencies and individuals in preparation for future disasters.