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Archiprix 2020
The interspace as opportunity to improve social networks for the homeless.


De bedsteeg
Patrick Kolanczyk
This project is part of Archiprix 2020

An experiment to meet unfulfilled needs and improve the sense of home for homeless by adding new rooms in the inbetween space of Amsterdam.

These interventions made use of waste which give spatial meaning in a circular way of thinking.

To me, my role as an architect is to put social issues on the agenda and investigate spatial circular solutions. Even in our modern society, homelessness is on the rise. The government is failing in both prevention and reintegration. For as long as the urgency on a state level isn’t high enough, bottom-up alternatives must be found.

But what do homeless actually need?

To investigate this, I went undercover as a homeless for a week. One of the main insights was that homeless feel at home in their neighborhoods, but the basic rooms in their ‘home’, are scattered across the city. To meet their daily needs they often have to travel far, causing a lot of stress and anxiety. There are plenty of unused spaces in the city. I used two of these spaces to build rooms in the neighborhoods where it was needed the most. A kitchen on the Dappermarkt called the Dapperkeuken and a bedroom in called the Bedsteeg in de Jordaan.

The role of an architect and architecture is a big discussion nowadays. This project shows that architecture is much more than just a building itself. If you listen, look and collaborate, architecture is not a goal but it can be a social connecting element.