In preparation for this project, Roegiers lived on the streets for a week, actively engaging with the homeless community. He found out many of them are very attached to a specific neighborhood. The numerous un(der)used alleyways of Amsterdam could provide relief for homeless locals that are otherwise forced to move beyond the city borders, since it is illegal to sleep on the streets in Amsterdam.
The condition? Convincing property owners to allow these makeshift bedrooms right next to their houses. In the case of this prototype, the owner of one of the neighboring houses – and thus the next-door neighbour – was very willing to cooperate. After permission was granted, Roegiers took on the job of finding a bedroom resident for every night of the week. If his idea gets picked up and further developed, the existing homeless organisations could take on this responsibility.
Roegiers’ bedsteeg initiative is another example of the reclaiming of residual space in the city as a place of refuge for the homeless, like this one in Belgium.