Architectural Concept:

The International Refugee Recovery Center will focus on aiding and rehabilitating refugees through education, art, research, and community engagement. The center will embody sustainability, community, cultural sensitivity, and innovation values. It will be established in a central city in Germany, such as Berlin, and will blend seamlessly with the local environment and community.

Core Campus:

As stated, The CAMPUS will encompass diverse functional units strategically positioned within the central institution and in additional locations across Germany and other countries. The core campus will cover an area of 20-50 dunams (2-5 hectares) and will include five main complexes:

1. Main Building:

– Training and Education Center: An educational space featuring classrooms, lecture halls, and workshop rooms, dedicated   to providing vocational training for refugees.

– R&D Institute: A research and development institute focused on displacement, social rehabilitation, and advanced              technologies for refugee assistance.

2. Art and Refugee Center:

A 500-square-meter space dedicated to artistic activities such as dance, painting, and sculpture. This center will be integrated into the main building, providing a venue for creative expression and rehabilitation through art.

3. International Visitor and Reconciliation Center:

A 5,000-square-meter area serving as a visitor center, combining educational and historical exhibitions on refugee issues and community reconciliation. This space will be modeled after Denmark’s refugee museum, located in a former concentration camp.

4.Residences for Trainees:

Residential facilities accommodating 100 to 200 trainees simultaneously, divided into five units. Each unit will house 20 to 40 individuals, with a total area of 1,000-2,000 square meters. The design will be inspired by the Golda Center in terms of capacity and functionality.

5. International Volunteer Center:

A residential complex designed for dozens of volunteers from around the world, featuring living quarters, communal spaces, and supporting facilities.

Architectural Inspiration:

The architectural design of the center will be based on principles of transparency, openness, and connectivity. Buildings will be organized around a central structure that will serve as the heart of The CAMPUS, with pathways and covered bridges leading to all other buildings. The central building will feature high ceilings and open spaces, incorporating natural materials such as wood, stone, and glass to create a sense of openness and light.

Vision and Operational Principles of the Architectural planning:

1. Environmental Sustainability: Building designs will incorporate green technologies and recycled materials, emphasizing    sustainable development.

2. Community and Partnership: The CAMPUS will foster collaboration among refugees, volunteers, and professionals from around the world.

3. Cultural Sensitivity: The design of spaces will honour diverse cultures and integrate elements from the everyday lives of displaced individuals.

4. Educational Innovation: Advanced technologies and innovative teaching methods will be integrated to promote training and rehabilitation.

5. Holistic Support: Creating an inclusive space that combines education, art, research, and housing to provide comprehensive support for refugees.

The center will be sensitive and responsible towards refugees and the local community, creating an inclusive and inspiring environment.

A tentative example of The CAMPUS layout, as we can envision it by 2026

The CAMPUS is based on core programs and peripheral complementary programs. The initial planning consists of five core programs on the central campus and two field programs. As The CAMPUS evolves, many of its activities will be implemented through collaborative partnerships throughout Germany and other locations.