The diploma thesis focuses on the temporary housing of the homeless people of Volos and their parallel activation and support in order to reintegrate as active and independent citizens in society. The program also includes urban agriculture in order to attract the guests.
All the buildings that exist for homeless people are funded by the Municipality of Volos and the Church, the buildings that currently occupy these structures are no more than apartments with limited facilities and possibilities that are temporarily rented for these purposes and two hostels in the city of Volos which face space problems in relation to the number of homeless people in the city.
This observation was also the main reason for choosing this subject. The research is focused on the study and design of a center that gathers the necessary structures and houses them in a single space in order to function more efficiently and not to have a temporary character. The site was chosen based on a number of reasons. An empty plot of land was needed in the city of Volos, with enough space for the development of the program and offering easy access to the city and to public transport, without disturbing the cohesion of the local community. On the basis of the above, the plot was selected on the streets of Mitropolit Ioakim and Regional Volos in an area of intense agriculture character and sparsely populated.
The building program for the center includes both structures for housing and homelessness, about 50 in number, as well as facilities for their support and activation aiming to autonomy and reintegration into society. The separation of functions is done in six separate buildings, the first being a dining area, the second one having a social character, three sleeping rooms divided into men, women and families, and the latter have places for their activation in the agricultural sector. The guests of the center will work on the verbs of the program, which will grow vegetables, fruits and herbs and will be able to sell them on the street market that will be set up in the square of the complex.