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Of the nearly 3,000 unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece, only a third live in adequate shelter.

GreenHouse(v.) is a collaboration with Athens-based non-profit the HOME Project, a prototypical shelter that provides temporary-to-permanent housing for unaccompanied minors, and a public gathering place just blocks from an existing youth shelter in central Athens. This project is envisioned as a gathering space for the HOME Project and the greater community, a new node of civic activity in the historic Kypseli Square. 

GreenHouse provides housing for twenty teens, as well as dedicated space for the local community. The building is loosely divided along its longitudinal axis: the side parallel to the street is dedicated to public programs, while the other half of the building is reserved for private spaces. On the ground floor, this consists of a series of public gathering spaces, including larger atria and smaller meeting rooms. This gradient continues on the upper floors, dividing living and bathing spaces from communal eating and study spaces.

Victims of crises beyond their control, unaccompanied minors often arrive in Athens without dedicated physical space or shelter. GreenHouse anticipates that mass migration will be worsened by global climate change, which will lead to food exhaustion and material scarcity. It attempts, in small part, to respond to these issues by producing food on-site and adaptive re-use of local building materials.