Childrens Shelter

Type: Shelter and school
Status: Competition
Area: 800 m²
Year: 2008
Location: Ghor, Afghanistan
Team: Rolandas Palekas, Andrė Baldišiūtė, Algimantas Neniškis, Milda Jusaitė, Lennart Zwijsen, Bartas Puzonas 
Collaboration: Paleko Arch Studija


The plight of a group of underprivileged children in war-torn Afghanistan inspires a compelling project – to design a new foster home and school in Ghor province. The surrounding circumstances mean that the existing shelter and school is constantly moving and the nearly 300 disadvantaged children who benefit from the facilities do not have a constant place of refuge. The project therefore aims to provide a shelter that is welcoming, comfortable and, most importantly, safe.
The proposal incorporates quality indoor and outdoor spaces, separated for boys and girls, as is required by local customs. Children at the facility would be able to interact with their built environment by creating textile handcrafts that then become window coverings, protecting the building from the harsh summer sun. Such is an inexpensive way to create an original, fun and constantly changing building facade.
The proposed new shelter and school in Ghor province would greatly enhance the quality of life for the children in the region with a cost effective design solution that uses local materials and construction methods, benefiting the whole community.