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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME is an initiative of the COA Netherlands in cooperation with the Government Architect of the Netherlands.

A home away from home

Open Call ‘A Home away from Home’: new housing solutions for asylum seekers and other urgent groups

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, like students, young professionals and seniors.

On the 29th of June, the six winning designs (out of 366 entries!) in the competition were announced by president of the jury Floris Alkemade and Carolien Schippers (COA) in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Also, three teams received an honorable mention for their design. The results of the open call contains a wide range of possible solutions, varying from foldable units and building kits to social strategies. After all, the issue of temporary, flexible and affordable accommodation is not just relevant to COA. This form of housing presents a solution for a far wider group of people who need short- or longer-term accommodation.

The next step: protoyping
As a follow-up, the winning teams were given the opportunity to transform their design concepts into a full scale prototype. These prototypes were shown during the Dutch Design Week (22-30 October 2016) in Eindhoven.

This website tells the story of the search for new, flexible housing solutions for asylum seekers and other urgent groups. Please check out the backgroundinformation, a selection of the 366 solutions, the price-winners and the making-of blog.