What does ‘home’ mean to us humans? This is the key question we have asked ourselves in order to solve the problem of a homeless shelter and to fulfill a person’s needs. Home is more than just a shelter. In addition to protecting against the wind and elements, a home provides a starting point for human development and personal growth. It is a space that guarantees safety and privacy, and in which one can reflect on life endeavours.
Our project is then based on three elements that can be found in cities: a shell, a pole, and a high spot. A shell provides privacy, protection against weather elements and the solitude that is often needed to grow spiritually. A pole serves us as a supporting point against extreme wind and as our structure. Finally, separation from the ground at a high spot is thermally more comfortable, avoids flooding and provides safety.
Almost all the needed materials can be recycled from things that exist in cities. Shells can be manufactured using raw advertising canvas and scaffolding fabric that is used to cover buildings under façade restorations. Instead of throwing this material away, a person in need of a home can collect it and get it rearranged in a state factory. This way, part of the capitalism waste can be given a new soul, serving those who have been left out of the system. Poles are extremely usual in cities. Street lamps, tree trunks, billboards or electric poles are a few examples. High spots can then be arranged around poles.