Architecture isn't usually what comes to mind when one thinks of refugee camps, so the Embassy for Refugees looked to change that. London-based designer Natasha Reid worked with children to create a sculptural pavilion for the United Kingdom's Refugee Week. The Embassy for Refugee project combined advocacy with architecture to commission the experimental design.
The 'Transient Sanctuary' is made out of a flat pack kit of over 700 timber parts that had to be machine cut with extreme precision. This resulted in two scaled structures that offer shelter, but are also open. This in itself demonstrates issues with current refugee camps.
The Pavilion is meant to offer refuge to those who seek it within the city of London. The prominence of the sanctuaries is meant to bring ambassadorial status to this important social justice issue.
Architectural Refugee Shelters
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The Embassy for Refugees Commissioned this Awareness-Raising Design
Published: Aug 9, 2013 • References: embassyforrefugees