On Tuesday December 9th, the village of Roškovce in Slovakia opened a brand new community center. Connected to the local primary school, the new building hosts a community space, small kitchen and a classroom upstairs.
This remote village is home to around 500 Roma people, half of whom are children. The majority of adults are unemployed. The small yet vital existing community center was an important place for this community, but it was in such a dilapidated state that it was very difficult for functional use. Thanks to support from Enel Cuore, the local NGO People in Need will now be able to run its health, education and employment programs in a brand new space, and better assist the integration of the Roma community into Slovakian society.
Once the building was completed, a workshop was held with the children and youth of the community to envision the internal spatial layout and furniture. The group thought about how to use the space in a multitude of different ways. Smaller activity spaces were created with various furniture layouts, podiums and carpets. Most of the furniture was built from scratch by the group of architects who organized the workshop. The final result is a colorful, vibrant and happy place.
We would like to thank Enel Cuore for making this possible. And deep thanks to local architect, Boris Hochel for designing and managing construction of the building, to People in Need and to the community of Obec Spišsky Hrhov for their additional support. A big congrats to everybody involved in the project.
The new community center – completed!
The kids helping with the furniture
Sketch of one internal layout proposal
Team building the furniture
Mounting the chairs
Kids of the village in front of the school.
In March 2012, Architecture for Humanity initiated a partnership with Enel, Europe’s second-largest utility company and a provider of sustainable energy around the world. The program, facilitated through Enel’s foundation, Enel Cuore Onlus, is designed to build capacity in rural and urban areas affected by considerable poverty and social disadvantage.