the new culture- and resource center for Norwegian rom
Kirkens Bymisjon engaged us to design and build the new (temporarily) interior to Romano Kher in Gamlebyen Church. Since they were still looking for a permanent location for the centre, they wanted this space to firstly be a kids- and youthclub, but with the flexibility of multiple use in the open church space.
We started by mapping the needs and wishes of the target group. Further on we translated their ideas into a concept - that ended up being several modules on wheels, so the space could be arranged differently to the various use of the room.
Inclusive building - a tool to ownership and belonging
We hired a team of six Norwegian rom to build the interior with us - Emram, Kalle, Giovanni, Serafin, Kevin and Cerfin. They were not trained builders, and the skill level varied. Some had done work similar to this before, others had never used a paint brush even. In our building processes, we facilitate the design so that un schooled people can join. We believe this is the key to create ownership to the project - and it also results with empowerment, increased self esteem and proudness.
We also opened up the building process for anyone who wanted to could help out. A lot of rom kids helped out plus volunteers from our organisation.
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