A shelter is an architectural structure or natural formation (or a combination of the two) providing protection from the local environment. A shelter can serve as a home or be provided by a residential institution.
In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, shelter is considered a fundamental human need, along with other physiological needs like air, water, food, sleep, clothing, and reproduction.
- Bivouac shelter
- Blast shelter
- Fallout shelter
- Mia-mia, Indigenous Australian for a temporary shelter
- Quinzhee, a shelter made from a hollow mound of loose snow
- Ramada, a roof with no walls
- Rock shelter
- Toguna, a shelter used by the Dogon people in Africa
- Air raid shelter
- Animal shelter
- Bothy, public supply shelter in the British Isles
- Bus stop
- Emergency shelter
- Homeless shelter
- Housing unit
- Mountain hut
- Refugee shelter
- Transitional shelter
- Women's shelter
Picnic shelter in Gillette, Wyoming
Bugac puszta, Hungary, with animal shelter and mudi
Maasai shelter, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
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