For children who have been forced from their homes due to violent conflict or dire environmental conditions, the idea of a safe place for play and relaxation can seem a distant memory. Architecture might seem an odd tool to help these children rebuild their lives and sense of security, but for emerging London-based designer Natasha Reid the fit was obvious. As part of the An Embassy for Refugees project, Reid worked directly with children from a refugee charity to develop a cocoon-like space called the “Transient Sanctuary.” Representing both refuge and openness, sanctuary and the freedom to explore what’s next, the sculptural pavilion brings together art, architecture, performance and participation with human rights advocacy. Click through the gallery for an intimate look at this design that explores concepts of refuge.

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