Unit 1N Leroy House 436 Essex Road London N1 3QP
Competition project developed with Giovanni Bonfanti and Federico Grazzini 1998 Homeless means very often sleepless and therefore dreamless. If the right to a home is not for everyone the right to dream has to be. Big cities of the world produce a lot of waste as a result of a continuous transformation, but somebody’s waste can be a precious resource for others. The project aims to give a warm winter shelter to homeless people using hot air blowing in the street from the exhausts of the underground ventilation systems. The residual energy is used as a passive heating system. The principle is to drive this already waste energy into a very big “sack” surrounding a core room. The hot air is caught and kept in the soft volume of the sack enveloping a cardboard box in which is possible to sleep and dream.