Tsunami Box by Gerald Melling

Tsunami box tells the story of an architectural journey into the heady tropics of emergency housing in Sri Lanka, following the Asian tsunami of 2004.

With tenacious commitment, an eye for detail, and a reckless sense of humour, architect and author Gerald Melling launches fundamental ideas about architecture onto the troubled waters of post-tsunami re-construction and hopes to see them float.

They sink, of course, but not without a trace – this book offers genuine insight into the nature of ‘good intentions’ and the anatomy of a useful architecture.


“At little over a hundred pages and generous with its image content, Tsunami Box does well to break with tradition in order to provide an interesting, positive and insightful read with a fresh perspective on how an architect with a strong desire to make a difference might apply his skills to provide a low-cost solution to the noble cause of disaster relief housing.”


“Tsunami Box is  a revealing and honest case study of architecture altruism in action.  Its  testament to it’s authors patience and persistence – firstly with drawing pencil, and later with writing pen. Buy it, Read it.”

John Walsh.
Architecture NZ April. 2010.

2 Replies to “Tsunami Box by Gerald Melling”

  1. Kia ora

    The Tsunami Box story reminds me of the part of the doco ‘Garbage Warrior’ about the architect who designed the first of the earthships, and fought the state legislators to be allowed to build them. It’s an excellent doco, well told, and truly inspiring. I hear there’s an earthship been built in the Waikato somewhere too…

    Naku noa

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