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Refuge II involves the development of a temporary space suitable for hosting a terminally ill patient. The project envisages architecture and the building process as assisting the ill cess not only physically, but also on a mental, psychological level. The use of basic materials and simple technology allows more than a hundred people, family and friends of the patient, to be involved in building the Refuge, offering moral support for the patient’s condition, and transforming a situation of suffering into an experience where the value of community and affectional bonds are rediscovered.
Architecture thus brings a message of love, friendship and solidarity, which can make the final stage of an illness one of more dignity and less suffering, renewing a sense of hope among the people involved. The ease with which the construction elements can be dismantled, and the complete recyclability of the materials, offer a metaphor that reflects the cycle of life.