Singapore International
BIM Competition

General Square
10.125 sq. m.
UNHCR & Ikea Foundation
2016 (Competition)
Design Team
Mirbek Bekboliev
Burak ─░lhan
What Design Can Do - #refugeechallenge

Wars and natural disasters are the main causes for migration on a mass scale. Due to global warming increase of the ocean levels is inevitable, which will leave even some European cities below sea level, leading to big amounts of refugees in the future.

Using cargo containers to build disaster-relief camps is a conventional and widespread method. Those containers are available everywhere in big quantities. We are proposing to adjust close-by containerships temporarily into self-sustaining floating Hubs. In case of disaster/wars in any corner of the world, these ships can accommodate refugee camps without even altering the ship's main function. On the contrary, the container camp is assembled on the ship in a specific scheme with horizontal and vertical circulation networks to provide connection throughout the hub for all, including people with disabilities.

The camp's specialized container modules are adapted for various functions like living quarters, police, fire department, healthcare, kindergarten, playgrounds, amenities (laundry, barber etc.), education units (culture and language schools), recreation areas and utilities. In order to provide refugees with the necessary amount of fresh greens, the plant factory module is introduced, which has a higher harvest rate than conventional greenhouses. Portable water is supplied at ports as well as through rainwater collection systems.

This scenario will give occupants an opportunity to adapt to future environments in terms of culture and language as well as provide safe transportation to asylum and it is applicable on any container ship around the world as a response to refugee crises.