In response to the RIBA's Beyond Borders design competition, Merrett Houmøller’s proposal will provide a mobile base for the Refugees and Befriending project which can be adapted to suit various sites on a temporary or permanent basis. The project will be launched at the RIBA on 3rd July 2017.
The Refugees and Befriending Project brings vulnerable young people together who have crossed borders to get to the UK. Once a week they gather together, with British Red Cross volunteers and staff, to cook and eat a meal together.
The weekly sessions provide young asylum seekers and refugees with friendly support and life skills as well as the chance to have fun, build confidence and improve their English. Currently the project operates from less than ideal premises - an office space with a rice cooker and a steamer.
Photography by Francis Ware