Unhomeliness





“The border between home and the world becomes confused: and, uncannily, the private and the public become part of each other, forcing upon us a vision that is as divided as it is disorienting.”
------Bhabha, Homi K. ‘The World and the Home’

For most of us, home is permeant, private and secure; however, home can be temporary, exposed, and unsafe. At the end of 2019, at least 79.5 million people were displaced or forced to flee their homes around the globe (UNHCR, 2020).

This scheme is pushing the boundaries of private and public spheres by fulfilling the potential of the vacant urban interior to shield refugee and asylum seekers. Inhabitable structures are prefabricated and assembled into the archipelago of urban vacancy, transferring abandoned spaces into the collective home for the vulnerable.

The images pictured three scenarios where inhabitable walls, inhabitable columns and inhabitable platform are implemented respectively in New York City (Great Central Terminal), London (The Lloyd’s Building) and Beijing (Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art). As the unpredictable future approaching with climate changes, local wars, and potential food shortages, the unhomely home may bring out the resilience in the ways we occupy buildings and spaces.



The Home Competition 2020

Honorable Mention