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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.

Winners

winnaars_th.pngWinners of the Open Call 'A Home away from Home' (Photo: Valerie Kuypers Photography)

RE-Settle

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Team:
René van Zuuk - René van Zuuk Architekten BV

Winner

Category: New building


The basic idea behind Re-Settle is to create a village environment using a minimum amount of resources in which asylum seekers can live individually and feel safe. The units consist of detached, semi-detached and terrace units that can be connected as needed. Experience has shown that asylum seekers think that the biggest problem with their housing is the lack of privacy. The units are a kind of individual hotel room, complete with a mezzanine with bed, wardrobe, table and chairs, a toilet, a sink and a shower.
They are manufactured from a rectangular block of expanded polystyrene (4.8 x 2.4 x 1 m). Rings are ingeniously cut out of this block - in just 2 hours - that can be stacked together to form a unit. A canvas is pulled over the unit to give it more stability and make the whole thing waterproof. EPS is produced using minimal raw materials (4%) and 96% air. It is a mono-material, which is 100% recyclable.
Due to the quick assembly and disassembly time and the recycling possibilities, this way of living is extremely suitable to be used as emergency shelter. This kind of housing is not only cheap; it is also to efficient to transport since the elements can be nestled into each other. The unit, both the cardboard interior and the EPS structure, is supplied as one D.I.Y. package.

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Evolutionary Wooden Houses

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Team:
Jurrian Knijtijzer - Finch Building B.V. Pauline van der Valk - Finch Building B.V. Despo Panayidou - Finch Building B.V. Sam van der Heijde - Finch Building B.V. Adam Duivenvoorden - De Groot Vroomshoop

Winner

Category: New building


Wouldn’t it be great if buildings no longer stood empty because they are in the wrong location or simply no longer meet the requirements? We used this idea as a starting point for dealing with the issue of housing for refugees and status holders. The Finch Building B.V. modules are made of durable, solid wood, and are flexible and portable. They are plug and play modules: the evolutionary wooden houses can easily be connected or disconnected both vertically and horizontally - up to five storeys high and without the need for additional structures to help with the construction. Moreover, the modules can be transported by lorry to any destination.
The current production capacity is 10 modules per week, which can easily be expanded. The building system is 95% circular, meaning that the materials can be re- or upcycled. It also has a residual value. The modules are all-electric and can be used for a minimum of 50 years. Technically speaking, the module could be completely off grid. The flexible modules are based on a principle of evolution, whereby the building can adapt to changing circumstances. This will prevent unnecessary demolition.
In addition to refugees and status holders, the modules are also suitable for office space and other groups such as students, first-time buyers or the elderly. Working with a mix of functions and groups right from the very start promotes integration.

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New neighbours, new yards, new harvests

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Team:
Haiko Meijer - Onix NL Dennis Moet - Gidz Marco Glastra - Stichting Groninger Landschap Hugo Dokter - Stichting Groninger Landschap Peter de Kan - Dékan Mathijs Dijkstra - MD landschapsarchitecten Nanne Bouma - MD landschapsarchitecten Robert Kuiper - Rizoem Jos Roewen - Friso bouwgroep Allart Vogelzang - Onix NL Henri van Hoeve - Onix NL Seline Wijker - Onix NL

Winner

Category: New building


The refugee crisis is a complex socio-cultural and logistical issue. It requires a level of sensitivity for the ability of asylum seekers and the local population to socially adapt. As project team - made up of designers, developers, builders, financiers and a cultural heritage organisation - we make virtue of a necessity by connecting the crisis shelter to current issues in rural areas: decline, vacant heritage-listed buildings, lack of affordable housing, and social relationships and facilities under pressure.
The versatile concept offers a people, place and forward-looking perspective for creating a "new home" for refugees and status holders, but also for first-time buyers, students, people living alone, the self-employed and the elderly. Places where they can live, work, and develop their talents,
passions and initiatives. Temporary, pioneering and sustainable innovations are drivers for social, societal and spatial qualities and encourage a D.I.Y. economy, in which residents (old and new neighbours), governments, entrepreneurs, investors, educational institutions, interest groups, land and property owners can participate.
The concept was inspired by two abandoned farms located on Hoofdweg in Bellingwolde. Whether and where the idea will actually come to fruition depends on further consultations between the initiators, the COA and the municipalities. The concept could be implemented in many farms in East Groningen, but also in other parts of the country that have lost their agricultural purpose and are yet to find a new one. There is space, both mentally and physically, and there are opportunities to create sustainable win-win solutions for the local community and refugees through dialogue!

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SolarCabin - Roof under the sun

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Team:
Arjan de Nooijer - dNArchitectuur Bram Zondag - Bureau Zondag Architectuur Arie Barth - Barth Installatietechniek BV Ewout Barth - Aldonk Plaatwerkindustrie BV Harald Freericks, Marijn van de Werken - KS Profiel BV Eric van Drimmelen - Houtgroep van Drimmelen BV

Winner

Category: New building


The SolarCabin is a ‘roof under the sun’, a place to feel at home. SolarCabin combines a solar panel field with a modular home, thereby creating a cost-effective form of temporary housing, which can be well received within the community. Investing in refugee housing is an investment in renewable energy. Citizens, cooperatives and companies can therefore be actively involved in the reception of asylum seekers and the housing problems of status holders. The houses are suitable for different groups such as students, first-time buyers or as holiday homes.
SolarCabin is a combination product: sunroof, interior/installation furniture and parts for the timber frame construction can be used for other purposes independently of each other. The SolarCabin is a flexible product: as a total building kit it can be transported to the location without transport assistance and can be set up quickly. SolarCabin is available in various options and types, meaning that it is suitable for diverse groups of residents. The yield loss from not facing south is limited: SolarCabins can be constructed in many different urban configurations, which promotes social interaction between residents.

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ComfortCity - The 'Gap'

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Team:
Anneloes de Koff – Student TU Delft / Pieter Stoutjesdijk – TheNewMakers

Winner

Category: Transformation


ComfortCity uses digital production techniques to provide diversity, quality of life and a humane standard of living. The multilayer ComfortCity is realized using a flexible modular system of removable elements in empty halls. This building system acts as a framework for the various forms of living and working, which helps to promote daily activities and integration. The houses create a city-in-city effect thanks to their multilayer composition, and are arranged around a compact hub of facilities; a ComfortCabinTM. The houses are placed on a grid, as is the support structure of the removable steel frames. They are put into position by professionals, after which the residents can be involved with the design. Due to the portable wall and floor components, the houses can be adapted to suit the cultural background and composition of the group. All building components and integrated connections can be produced from sheet materials using a computer-controlled (CNC) milling machine, and can be transported or stored in a compacted manner. The local architecture of the residents can be incorporated into the milled panels in an abstract way. The panels also offer privacy and improve the hall acoustics. The milled parts can be used as furniture. By implementing cultural aspects of the country of origin in the plans and detailing, anchoring the reception centre in urban tissue and creating a layout that encourages natural contact between asylum seekers and the native population, these homes offer much more than just a temporary shelter.

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HOTEL - Nice to meet you!

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Team:
Rik Tuithof – Studio Rik Tuithof Stephan Verkuijlen – Stephan Verkuijlen architecten Micha de Haas – Architectenbureau Micha de Haas

Winner

Category: Transformation


In order to flexibly respond to the volatile demand for asylum seeker housing we have opted for a
hybrid building that combines an AZC programme with a hotel. This means that we can invest in a high-quality building, because a decline in the demand for places for asylum seekers will be offset by hotel guests. An additional advantage is that the joint programme offers opportunities for spontaneous social interaction.
Refugees and status holders can work at the hotel. Volunteers, coaches and teachers can also stay at the hotel. Lobby and workstations provide meeting spaces. The refugees are given the opportunity to show their culture. Rental of (social) family housing is also in the pipeline for the longer term. In this way, the asylum seekers’ centre/hotel is a driving force for social housing. The asylum seekers’ centre/
hotel offers a joint programme with a cafeteria, restaurant, lobby, gym/spa, and work lounge where
people can meet and get together to work and learn. The asylum seekers’ centre/hotel is located in a
vacant government building that has been earmarked for renovation.

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MobaCO-A-

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Team:
Pantheon Performance Foundation, Michiel Haas - NIBE, Boudewijn Piscaer - SUSTCON, Gerard Hol - Vitruvius Building Solutions, Pim Peters - IMd raadgevende ingenieurs, Isabel Friederichs - Archiview, Jack van der Palen - Archiview, Emma Ringelding - Strips en illustraties, Olga van der Velde - IMd raadgevende ingenieurs, Willem Böttger - Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy, Rick Sieling - E&E advies

Honourable mention

Category: New building


MobaCO-A is a social sustainability concept that creates a ‘home’ with its own living identity and privacy for the user, and puts the user’s needs first. It is a plan with an organisational and innovative quality, using technology strategically. The housing modules can be connected to each other, meaning that many different usage scenarios are possible. Common areas are created that reflect the identity of the village and its experience. Depending on the situation a choice can be made between individual and group homes on an open site, between buildings, on a flat roof or in an existing building.
The biobased and circular economy influences the way we think about building components and materials. The user(s) receive a compact D.I.Y package of components and add-ons with instructions for assembling an individual housing unit or a group unit. The strength of the design lies in the handy biocomposite modular building system that can easily be installed and assembled by just two people and only a few tools. The living module consists of extendable or expandable construction elements, a waterproof sheet, floor and roof elements (exterior), 7 cupboard elements (interior), along with a kitchen, bathroom and installation unit (plug and play). Individuals can put their mark on the units by arranging the cupboards in various different ways and making the facades from local materials and resources.

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The DomusSuitcase

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Team:
Wardo Tieman - Projektburo Tieman B.V., Remco Reuvers, Arjon Tieman

Honourable mention

Category: Transformation


The DomusSuitcase (DomusKoffer) easily transforms inflexible real estate into flexible property for living a mobile and flexible lifestyle in an increasingly dynamic world. The DomusSuitcase is an all-in-one solution that renders the renovation of vacant buildings superfluous and makes empty spaces without facilities habitable in a very short time. The DomusSuitcase is literally rolled into and set up in the building. Within just a few hours you have a cutting-edge kitchen facility, a bathroom and air conditioning system suitable for 1-4 people. The DomusSuitcase is robust and elegant, and can be set up with various features and in various materials. This ensures that the DomusSuitcase can easily be adapted to the identity of the user and can offer a home to many different groups.
The DomusSuitcase uses minimal raw materials, is recyclable and prevents the premature demolition of many buildings. The DomusSuitcase can be used practically everywhere. It also facilitates spatial and social integration since it is easily scalable, and can be integrated in towns, villages and rural areas all over the world. The development of the DomusSuitcase meets the demand for sustainable, innovative and affordable products that are produced under good working conditions. The DomusSuitcase
anticipates desired social and individual needs.

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CLiv

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Team:
Martin Huiskes - architect BNA, René Evers - IM-RO Procesmanagement Stedenbouw Landschap BV

Honourable mention

Category: Transformation


The Netherlands is not full, its empty, stated the Chief Government Architect, Floris Alkemade. And it seems that, in the short term, this isn’t about to change. The property sector has admittedly undergone a significant change in recent years, but it has still missed the opportunities that empty buildings and spaces offer due to high (sub)investment, long payback periods and residential protection.
CLiv offers a living concept solution for vacant buildings. It is a moveable housing product with multiple clusters of six to twelve luxury compact private residential units with spacious common living areas. CLiv is aimed at communities. More and more people want to live ‘differently’; out of idealism, out of necessity or simply because they prefer to spend their money on other things.
The CLiv requires minimum investment in and for a building and it is all about maximum flexibility. The communities can rapidly expand or relocate, meaning that the building retains its value, and is also a source of activity and innovation in the meantime. The CLiv housing concept also addresses the need for fast and good housing for asylum seekers and status holders. It facilitates the creation of small-scale reception centres for refugees in offices, schools and halls, and it offers space for pleasant living communities that may be the start of focussed integration in our society.

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