On 18th July 2016 Robert Gilbert wrote:

Calais Kids Space

Calais Kids Space is a welfare project in the refugee camp known as ‘the Jungle’ in Calais, France. Tak Tak Tak, established by postgraduate architecture students Peter Dew and Richard O’Hanlon, have teamed up with the organisation Jungle Books who seek to provide stability to the unaccompanied children living in the Jungle. After volunteering in Calais building refugee shelters, Peter and Richard enlisted the help of Carlotta Conte and Jordana Lyden-Swift (also architectural designers) to realise the first project.

The design for the Calais Kids Space uses ‘waste’, such as rigid foam insulation and tyres, to cleverly insulate and clad a flat-pack timber frame. This reduces cost and damage to the environment. Upon completion, the building will be used as a dormitory and as a teaching/day space for children, providing unaccompanied kids a sense of community and security.

This initiative is incredibly inspiring to see. To learn more about the project click here.