Initiator Bart Peeters came to us with an idea he carried around for years while working in the humanitarian aid sector.
“Displaced people around the world are suffering. They need adequate healthcare and education but lack a safe place to receive these basic commodities. They fight to survive in mere tents. Would you work with me to create a completely new type of shelter that brings comfort and safety to these people in need?”
That was the beginning of the maggie program. Months of conceptual analysis, exploring existing constructions and gathering requirements followed. We tested multiple ideas in maquettes and real size set-ups. A first complete, steel maggie was built in cooperation with our partners on the site of a KULeuven research centre. Experts were invited, performance tests analysed and the building process was critically reviewed. This lead to an upgrade of the prototype to an aluminium version with improved building components. The concept was ready for a first client.
At that time, Syrian refugees were flowing towards Europe and the refugee-children centrum in Steenokkerzeel felt an urgent need for an extra space. The maggie was the ideal solution. Not a fixed, permanent construction, but still energy-efficient and comfortable. Today, this pioneer maggie is still performing excellent.
At the moment we are forming promising partnerships with organisations that are convinced that the maggie can make a real difference. We see a bright future for maggie.
Please find more information about our ongoing projects on the maggie program website.