Europe, Copenhagen 2011
“THIS IS NOT A HOME…”
The homeless in Copenhagen need places where they can protect themselves during the cold Scandinavian Winter. A small labyrinth of containers, open to all and without formal administration is the proposal given by E Architecture & Human Rights. This is a project combining art, architecture and sociology
Text Jorge Lobos – Translation Monica Johansson
This project, of only 50m2 takes on a a strong social approach. The Danish “Welfare State” guarantees assistance to all of its inhabitants. How is it, then, that the homeless do not take advantage of services offered by the Government?” One possible answer to this question is that many homeless reject any form of bureaucracy and administration, as they feel socially excluded by society “…We decided, hence, to create a place that would be open to all, completely free from administration. No formal registration is needed to use this space. This was the key to success for the project…”
The project was not presented as a piece of architecture, but rather as a piece of art. We decided to call it: “THIS IS NOT A HOME…” The reason for not considering this project a piece of architecture is that we wanted to create a low-cost project. A piece of architecture would have to be constructed according to Danish laws and regulations, which would make it imposible to construct at low cost. The construction, to respect the current regulations, could not be permanent. This was not a big problem, since the solution was created for the wintertime. That is why we decided to use containers that would enable us to construct in just two days, and dismantle in one.
The museum “Den Frie” agreed to host this “piece of art” in their garden. The title of the project is a paraphrase of Michel Duchamp’s installation in New York, 1917, entitled “THIS IS NOT A TOILET”. We used the same expression to entitle our piece of art “THIS IS NOT A HOME…” Perhaps we could even go as far as to say: “THIS IS NOT ARCHITECTURE…”
Research and general management: E Architecture & Human Rights – Jorge Lobos, Erik Juul, Jorgen Taxholm.
Development and construction: Architect Erik Juul
Collaboration: Johanna Himinbjorg, Vignir Freyr, Kristin Astrup, Hali-Anna Tooms, Karol Kvaran and Essi Illola
Landscape Architect: Bang og Linnet
Sponsors: Den Frie Museum and Udenfor
Auspicia: Fundación Velux, Danish Art Foundation and City of Copenhagen Indre By Lokaludvalg
Location: Oslo Plad, Museum Den Frie, Osteport, Copenhagen
Status Project 2010
Materials: Metal containers
Interior wooden paneling and mixed wood
External pavement of wooden pallets
Handrails and stairs: system of metal scaffolds
Los espacios no cubiertos por el estado de bienestar Danés
“THIS IS NOT A HOME…”
Los vagabundos de Copenhague necesitan lugares para protegerse del frío invierno escandinavo. Un pequeño laberinto de contenedores, abierto y sin administración reconocida, es la propuesta de E Architecture & Human Rights. Un proyecto a medio camino entre arte, arquitectura y sociología.