Quality homes and buildings - anywhere
We want to help alleviate poverty through supplying cost effective, high quality buildings that have a minimum carbon footprint.
Our structures are useful as homes, work space, offices, schools, health clinics, cold storage, staff housing and many more applications where durability, comfort and cost are important.
COO & founder
M.Sc. Architectural Engineering.
T: +45 31 32 33 63
Jens Odgaard Olsson
M.Sc. Agricultural Economics.
T: +45 24 82 00 08
Mette Floe Nielsen
Business Advisor and Angel Investor
M.Sc. Eastern Europe Studies and IT
Anders Ellegaard Jacobsen Country Manager
M.Sc. International Business and Politics
T: +256 788 420 166
T: +45 29 43 93 30
Commercial Business Development Advisor
Diploma in business mangement
Group CEO, Megatrend Invest
Honorary Secretary General, Danish Refugee Council
Investment Director, IFU
M.Sc. Business Administration
Lifeshelter was founded in 2012 by Architectural Engineer Jakob Christensen and Architect Claus Heding. During the first four years we developed, tested, and optimized the durable panel-based shelter solution, which became the Lifeshelter. The development phase was finalized in May 2016.
It soon became evident, that although the product was very well-received, the price of a Lifeshelter was higher than the price of a tent, and well above the target price of the market. Therefore a partnership with Danish Refugee Council was established to investigate the possibility of producing the shelters locally at a lower cost. Changes in both material compositions and production methods revealed a great potential for both local production opportunities and lowering the price.
Untill 2019 our primary focus was on humanitarian setting, but we are now supplying to a wider range of more commercial partners.
Arched vaults have been used throughout history as an optimized way of obtaining a stabilized structure. 6,000-years-old such vaults still stand in Nubia by the Nile.
During the 1990s a settlement of 500 houses inspired by this ancient tradition was built in Altiplano, Bolivia in a project led by Danish architect Lars Jørgen Jacobsen.
Lifeshelter has been greatly inspired by this project as well as the ancient tradition it draws upon, and the unique arched shape has proven to be an extremely stable and durable design.
Selected Clients and Partners
Refugee host countries often face severe economic challenges. Sustainable economic growth and decent jobs are crucial preconditions for making these countries more resilient and independent of aid - and eventually lifting them out of poverty.
Instead of making explicit donations, our business model is designed as an income-generating project that aims at creating these conditions, thereby ensuring a more viable and sustainable social impact.