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Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Homes by MN Architects Tour

Flat-pack Hex House by MN architects is designed to help victims of natural disasters and refugees at Augsburg University, Mpls, MN

A tiny house with big aspirations was built this week next to the campus of Augsburg University in Mpls.

Approximately 450-sq ft, six-sided structure being built in seven days is called the Hex House, and shows this weekend AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour. But in contrast to sleek modern mansions or lake homes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars typical of the houses on the tour, the Hex House is intended to cost as little as $35,000.

It’s designed to come in a kit that can be shipped flat and snapped together like an Ikea bookshelf by unskilled do-it-yourselfers.

Its target users aren’t urban sophisticates striving for a minimalist aesthetic, it is designed as shelter for Disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and refugees. In addition to being part of the architecture tour, the house is also part of the 29th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum, an international peace congress at Augsburg on Friday and Saturday Sept 15-16, 2017.