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Opportunity Space

Location: Malmö / Sweden
Client: Malmö City
Architect: Ozan Ertug
Project Team: Ozan Ertug, Umit Yasar Ertug
Project type: Mobile Units
Status: Competition

Opportunity Space aims to speed up the process and provide refugees a strong chance of finding a job. Other than the job opportunities the space will serve as an exhibition, a gathering spot and a design beacon.

Sweden is one of the few countries in Europe that has provided protection to a large number of refugees fleeing the war zones of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Despite its relatively small population of 10 million, Sweden had the highest number of individuals seeking asylum per capita (163,000) in Europe in 2015.

The large number of refugees who have gained residence in Sweden over the past couple of years constitute a major challenge to Swedish society and, especially to the Swedish labour market.

According to a recent report from the OECD, only 22% of newly-arrived men and 8% of women had employment after one or two years of introductory programmes.

Opportunity Space aims to spped up the process and provide refugees a strong chance of finding a job. Other than the job opportunities the space will serve as an exhibition, a gathering spot and a design beacon.

By providing 7 (4x2,5 m) mobile units, the needs of the organizers and the users will be satisfied. Each unit can be divided into two pieces in order to facilitate different programs and can be easily located on any enviroment.

By using light materials, each unit can be moved easily by one person. Also the connection of the pieces are choosen from basic and strong connectors which needs minimum or no maintenance.

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