The center for restoration project came about as a response to the housing dilemma arising from displacement in Nigeria – Families of 2 and above displaced from their homes due to cultural and religious disagreements, forced to re-build and re-grow on pockets of land available to them.

The objective of the project is therefore to design a community geared towards encouraging a transition for displaced individuals and working towards a sustainable framework for living. Our starting point was seeking a means to integrate the community within the urban landscape and maximizing land use to achieve optimum living units and standards. Using a standard 18 x 36m plot, we analysed various massing configurations for social housing with an emphasis on configurations that aid the project in moving horizontal building systems in the vertical direction.

The idea is to provide temporary modular units within a framed structure for displaced individuals which they can curate and maintain as a family unit within this vertical configuration. Each unit is defined by use of lightweight materials and a simple construction methodology executed by the families they have been assigned to, making them transferable and easily edited to suit by the next family in need. The community is regulated by systems for transition, unit transfer, family sustainability and income generation such as farming, trading and vocational training.