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volk 400 - Modular Transitional Shelter

Full scale refugee shelter made with modular units, aimed at self-building and long-term sustainability.

volk 400 - B4H Design Competition Entry

Check the project brief here

Project Timeline
: 2 months

Type: Group work (Nayanika Dey, Arka Mandal)

Background: Over 5.6 million people have fled Syria since the outbreak of war in 2011, seeking safety in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and beyond.  Reyhanlı is a small Turkish town bordering with Syria that has absorbed thousands of Syrian refugees over the years. Reyhanlı itself suffers from problems like poverty, unemployment, shortage of water and electricity, a lack of infrastructure and other socio-political tensions. 

The aim was to built a transitional shelter within a system that can sustain itself and grow independently.  volk-400 is as much a social solution as it is an architectural one. We looked at the existing refugee shelters of Za’atari, Um Rakuba and Kakuma to create something that would support the ideals and aspirations of the people living there while encouraging them to continue pursuing their trades while waiting for support. 

Keywords: modular design, transitional shelter design, sustainable architecture,.

Tools Used: SketchUp, Photoshop, AutoCAD, Lumion. 
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