'maidan tent' offers covered leisure space at greek refugee camp

'maidan tent' offers covered leisure space at greek refugee camp

the first maidan tent prototype has been installed in the ritsona refugee camp, greece, offering an innovative shelter for public use that can adapt to various activities. the circular aluminum structure provides a multifunctional common area for up to 100 people, and is covered in a water, weather and fire resistant fabric canopy that divides the space in eight different sectors.

all images courtesy of the maidan tent



developed over the past two years by a team of eight, led by architects bonaventura visconti di modrone and leo bettini oberkalmsteiner, the maidan tent serves as a much needed leisure space in the daily lives of the hundreds of refugees that currently reside in the ritsona camp. all components of the prototype are standardized and allow easy installation – the fabric canopy was inflated in only 5 minutes – while the structure’s materials ensure easy transport and long term durability. reminiscent more of a covered public square, the maidan tent sits on a colorful platform painted by spanish collective boa mistura.

the tent resits to all types of weather and climate conditions due to its characteristic shape and thermal insulation

a safe, multifunctional, community space that can host up to 100 people

the aluminum structure subtly divides the space in eight different sections

different functions can take place under the covered space, including reading, socializing, playing, and more

the washing and disinfection of the tent is enabled via the use of a strong PE + PES cover textile

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