Free Luggage Storage for the Homeless in Budapest



In these days we face a crisis of the homeless in Budapest. It was prohibited to stay in public space. Also winter is coming and this is a very hard time for them.

Beyond the big solutions I have a small suggestion.

A luggage storage in the homeless shelters or in  publish  place  or   would make life for many of them easier.

There are some charity shelters  in the city where homeless can spend a night – (suportedsuby by NGO s, church or the state) .

They have to leave the house with all their belongings in the early  morning. The rest of the day they spend walking through the city with all their plastic bags and belongings.

This means, that everyone can see immediately that one is homeless.

It might be helpful to have some small save  storage plaves for the bags with lockers.

It can be also a used locker from an old  swimming pool. Or the railway station.

This is in no way a long  term solution.  The idea is to increase the mobility of the population, so that those who have temporary no safe home in a city can at least please their basic belongings somewhere and be free to look for a job or a home





Breeze 9 – Antwerpen – artist : Róza El-Hassan

The model of a Kubbe, the original  ancient Syrian  adobe dome was built in Antwerp,  MUHKA Muse of Contemporary Art in Belgium. The sundried adobe bricks were produced in Hungary,  Tisza Riverside region in a Romani village.

Since the ceiling the  museums  can  carry only 500 kg /m2 I had to make a light construction.

The floor was painted: hundreds of fragments  depicting   the cosmos and starmaps and crystals.



Hussein Hamen Ahmed , craftsman, bricklayer  interior designer for plaster-reliefs and  home-decoration,   from Antwerpen and Aleppo

Dr. Nawaf El-Hassan, my father, expert  for  cultural heritage, village architecture in Northern Syria and dome-building,  Latakia –  Budapest

Anders Kreuger – curator Stockholm-Vilnius _Antwerp

Concepts, plans, building and research: Róza El-Hassan

see also my post: How to build a Cub :








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photos Christine Clinckx and Róza El-Hassan copyright with the authors


How to Build a Syrian Cub dome — OFF Biennale Budapest — 2017 —and how to start to build an adobe house – the foundation of a house near the Danube river in Budapest

How to Build an Adobe House – my experience in Budapest in September 2017

The first step is to even the ground and to remove the earth to make space for a foundation.

The walls of the adobe house should stand on a basis of stones, bricks or if nothing else is available on concrete.  The adobe walls should not stand directly on the earth in the wet ground, but on dry stones, because adobe bricks do not “like” water. If you build the adobe house on a rock, which is in the dry desert not much foundation is needed :-).

But if you start to build it at the Danube river you need really a lot! Be prepared for heavy work.

stones: recycled bricks and natural stones in the foundation. They are joined deep in the earth with water-resistant concrete and above the earth – where it is not so wet –  with mud.  SInce the ground-water level is very high near the Danube,  and floods happen often, I dare not use only mud and sones for the basis under the earth, but stones and concrete.

stone for the basis

Stone basis and adobe bricks on the top


I used recycled bricks. for the foundation, the foundation is appr. 60 cm deep in the ground and 50 cm wide.

To glue the adobe bricks together you need a lot of earth.  This we mixed with water and a hand mixer.

This is done in plastic bowls. This type of plastic bowls, which you can buy in OBI or Baumarkst are cheap, but they have after a few days crack if you work intensive.  Try to get special bowls to mix


straw absorbs unnecessary water – so we put it on the top of the wall in the evenings

the entrance is made of terracotta bricks, but it can be also wood.


This is the point where I stopped building and hoped to continue in spring

adobe, stones , air bubble concrete:  heavy and light materials piled as improvisation in form of a dome- there was no mortal or any glue added, a mere play with statics and added and the structure was removed  a few days after the opening

The form was based on my  earlier work  :  “The”Gate”: 2015 – also made of adobe and tong


Tools you need:

Please note: you need also a lot of TIME! Earth is not concrete. Earth needs time to dry, shrink,  sink compress the lower layers and to find the final form.