{ an accommodation and community centre for asylum seekers in malta }

The diploma project for my Master of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in 2010 - 2011 was based on field work near Valetta, Malta.

Using an the existing Marsa Open Centre starting point, with all its inherent issues and opportunities, I developed a new model of an open centre that grew directly from the needs of the occupants and provided opportunities for their transition into society.

My proposal for the Marsa Open Centre embodied a move from an architecture of fear, dependency, and isolation to an architecture of community, participation, and transition.

A flexible structural system was created in conjunction with an overall scheme that supported existing centers of community support as well as new facilities that could be shared by asylum seekers and the surrounding community.  This enabled the new Marsa Centre to respond dynamically to changing needs and unstable conditions, in particular fluctuations in migration to Malta.