2015 saw a record number of asylum seekers entering the Netherlands. This presented the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) with a huge challenge. To respond better to the constantly fluctuating demand for housing for asylum seekers, the COA and Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade took the initiative to organize the open call ‘A Home away from Home’. The participants were asked to answer the question as to how the COA can respond better to the constantly fluctuating demand for housing for asylum seekers, and at the same time provide them with a suitable temporary home: A Home away from Home. The entries also had to be suitable for housing other groups.
Out of a total of 366 submissions, a jury selected six winning designs. Two of the winning designs made a proposal to convert vacant buildings. The six winners now get the chance to transform there concept into a real life prototype. Carolien Schippers, housing manager COA: "I strongly believe in the persuasive force of prototypes you can actually touch and experience the spatiality of. By contributing to the manufacturing of these prototypes we, as COA, want to help speed up the process towards the practical implementation of the designs."
During the Dutch Desing Week, the public can see and experience the prototypes for the very first time. On the location 'Stadhuis Eindhoven', the public can see three of the six prototypes in the category. The other three prototypes can be experienced at the Klokgebouw.
For more information about A Home away from Home, please visit www.ahomeawayfromhome.nl.
Exhibition design: Tante Netty
Graphic: 75B en 310K
Sponsors: Gemeente Eindhoven
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Organized by A Home away from Home
'A Home away from Home' is an initiative from COA with the cooperation of the government architect.
COA is responsible for the reception, supervision and departure of asylum seekers coming to the Netherlands.
The government architect gives advices - both solicited and unsolicited - concerning the architecture and the urban environment of the state property. As an advisor, the government architect has as an independent position to the government .