SLICE: This Temporary Refugee Hospitality Center is Carved Into a Coastal Cliff

By: | May 5th, 2016

Immigration is not a new issue. Economic inequality, international terrorism, geopolitical expansionism, wars between nations, disparity, illiteracy, and unemployment, are some of the main reasons which assist in the growing wave of immigration.

Because of the war in Syria and the creation of the caliphate of Jihad, Europe is experiencing one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history. People have fled the Middle East and Africa, risking their lives along the way.

More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, compared with just 280,000 the year before.

In order to reach a safer place, refugees have to cross inaccessible places and travel under extreme weather conditions.

Greek designer Spiros Koulias of 360 Architects has done a great job to lessen some of these troubles. Koulias has designed a large-scale building carved into a steep coastal cliff so as to host refugees and migrants at entry points and passages.

Named (SLICE) Refugee Hospitality Center, this building has 22 floors with the aim to provide temporary accommodation to refugees.

The unique feature of this building is that almost 80% of the total area of the building is located inside the rock. The building starts from sea level, and it goes along the entire height of the cliff.

The unique design of the building allows it to be applied to different topological configurations.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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