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a shelter for a homeless
2nd edition
1st Place


One of the great problems of the 21st century is the exponential increase of the homeless. Those strange beings who daily grow in our streets as if they were weeds. The problem is even more serious when these homeless already have a proven professional curriculum and academic education. A human being is a human being, regardless of his background, education, race, color or nationality.

While we wait passively for the problem to resolve itself through the different social policies spread throughout the world, there is a homeless sleeping on a park bench, beneath an archway, inside an abandoned container or even inside a cardboard box.

So the challenge of this contest is to create a shelter for the homeless.

We will not solve the problem of homelessness, but we can try to give a little more dignity to those who think they've lost it. The problem has to be solved with social policies that go to the bottom of the matter, the origins of the problem. It is up to us to help, warn, contribute in the best way we can so as not to let these issues be forgotten and develop into normal situations of societies nowadays.

The aim of this competition is to alert society in general and our rulers to this huge social scourge!

This is our way of being proactive by demanding a better and fairer society. We must act!



Project: A temporary shelter that protects the homeless from the cold and bad weather of the nigh and not a permanent living space.

Location - Somewhere in a street near you.

Required: Sleeping area protected from the cold and bad weather.

Locker: It should be contemplated a locker where the homeless can store their belongings during the day (blankets, clothes, etc).

The possibility should be taken into account of extending it so as to be able to shelter more than one homeless person.

Free zones: The participant is free to add other areas it considers appropriate.

Deployment areas - not defined, at the discretion of the participant. area - should not exceed 10m

Max. height - should not exceed 3m

Materials – There are no pre-defined materials; the participant has total freedom of choice

Descriptive document (english): Each proposal must be accompanied by the descriptive document and justification of the project, included in the display panel.

Construction details: Construction details or construction process should be.

Scale – Scale appropriate to the submitted elements.













Team: Filip Radu, Alexandru Arama, Razvan Alexandru Paunescu, Petru Alexandru Truica, Emanuel Budaies

City - Bucharest

Country – Romania

2nd Place

Team: Inês Afonso, Gonçalo Santos, João Manso, José Moniz, Renato Franco

City - Lisboa

Country - Portugal

3rd Place

Team: Sebastiano Caruso, Gabriele Convertino

City - Avola

Country - Italy


Team: Mike Sudolsky, Lauren Pogue, Alex Holtzer, Julie Guirl and Don Sluman

City: Denver

Country: Estados Unidos da América

Team: Simon Poulsgaard, Benoit Maire, Jakob Schleimann-JensenCity: GöteborgCountry: Suécia

Team: Andreia Rodrigues

City: Funchal

Country: Portugal

Team: Aida LastIssakhankyzy, Arai Estaeva

City: Almaty

Country: Kazaquistão

Team: Jeffrey Vasques, Frederico Gonçalves, Samuel Santos, Daniela Bento, Jacinta Fialho

City: Alcobaça

Country: Portugal

Team: Ioana Penescu, Ana Maria Oancea, Ioana Chifu

City: Bucharest

Country: Romania

Team: Martyna Rajewska, Agnieszka Chromiec

City: Gdynia

Country: Poland

1º - ID 0001000:

“Strong concept and viable realization in modular component that allows you to tailor the proposal to different physical and social contexts.” Marcelo Dantas


"The possibility to take each front module as a communication becomes a differentiating factor, in that it allows identifying and reveal the problem of its users, while being a plastic support for artistic expression and urban art.

both human and urban dimensions. Has a dimension that allows a person standing and lying down and allows an aesthetic integration into For a temporary shelter for a night this idea that allows to combineinclusive environment.” Ana Martins


“Undoubtedly a very compact structure, with the ability to go unnoticed in many urban situations. The fact that it can also be used as a billboard is itself an advantage, even better if it can be used to pass this important social messages to combat homelessness that is present in all our cities. I have some questions concerned the implementation of the proposal to be directly in contact with the ground.” Filipe Tabuada


“The project features a sensitive and positive deployment strategy that seeks to meet the existing communities of homeless.

Features an innovative design with dual function and configuration, being shelter and billboard, making it very compact architecture, even when combining in series other shelters. Apart from that the information framework, could potentially arouse active interaction with society.

The slogan - 'Half house - Full life' – offers a synthetic and clever idea around the theme of 'shelter', differentiating it from a 'House', which seeks to sensitize an enlarged audience, making it a better product perceptible and more user friendly.

The bidding of the project is clearly around a formal concept, the deconstruction of the archetypal 'House', defined by a light structure, with simple execution and low cost construction. Less defined were the spatial qualities experiences of the object proposed as well as the inclusion in the draft of a sustainability factor.” Tiago Mota


2º – ID 000760

“The demand for a presence and hybrid functionality, alternating between day and night, the public and the "private", open and closed, show a clear understanding of the dynamics of cities and their inhabitants ... homeless and housed. The solution gives credence by the intelligent use of new materials and technologies, which together allow us to imagine the success of its implementation in the public space.” Marcelo Dantas


“For a temporary shelter for a night, this idea, although not as inclusive as the first, also allows for a discreet way for those who use and benefit to those who pass, a space that allows a person to stand or lie down under their needs. Can adapt to various situations and how mobile it allows better management needs.” Ana Martins


“Also very compact, has the advantage that when closed, serve as an urban piece, a bank in a square or in a garden. I have some questions regarding the use of "Ecovative" due to its resistance to water and that it requires the same treatment as wood. In response to the tender modular criterion seems to me that it is well done.” Filipe Tabuada

“The project focus on implementation of the object in public and exposed spaces, and suggests a remarkable interaction between the community and the homeless population, through a bench, a wireless internet network, or the addition of a container for receiving of clothes and food.

Proposes a set of constructive reasons that stand out for their ecological and sustainable concern, in terms of energy and materials.

Features an innovative design, which privileges the existence of autonomous units, with 'intermitency' in its function of shelter, through an interesting transformation factor of the equipment, but constructively little consolidated.” Tiago Mota


3º – ID 000240

“The strategy of raising the modules from the ground proves to be relevant from a technical and functional perspective. This relevance is reinforced by the materiality and design, building an approximate presence of the chrysalis suspended in leaves and branches of trees. This relationship established with the public space,  almost symbiotic, reveals a remarkable scenic and poetic meaning in pursuit of raising the status of these citizens in the contemporary city, identifying what is expected to be a transition to something better.” Marcelo Dantas


“Excellent idea for a campaign that draws people's attention to the plight of the homeless. Gives visibility to the phenomenon and its functionality fits some necessary requirements, such as ensuring that the place where the person is homeless protects dry and where there between the water or bugs that may be on the floor.” Ana Martins


“Conceptually very clear. The fact that this type of structure / shelter to be raised off the ground is a big advantage because it avoids the obvious problems like water and dirt. Another advantage is the flexibility of your installation. The accessories were unnecessary.” Filipe Tabuada


“The project uses a very interesting and original scenographic concept, of a public lamp-shelter, but impractical for access and use, given the existence of a single point of suspension and the architectural profile of the piece.

The proposal presents a very reflected featured solution, for protection against rain and humidity due to its suspension, which substantially improves to quality and the comfort of living at the shelter. However, it is demanding in terms of installation prerequisites, due to the weight of the equipment. In the proposal was absent a stated requirement, the existence of a locker.” Tiago Mota





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