“To have a sense of home is one of the core concepts that children need in order to sustain healthy and stable lives.”

Pocket home is a coping tool for the transitional times. It provides a space to find emotional shelter and to build a secure attachment with the concept of home. Functioning as a small house but also as a packing bag, young children will be provided with the opportunity to take part in the moving process. When packing their most important objects themselves, the stress will be reduced as they will have control over the situation.  By using pocket home they will gain confidence in their surroundings, feel safe during the transition and grow up overcoming the hurdles of moving.

Different family situations can affect and influence this connection between children and their home.

Circumstances such as separated parents, frequent relocations due to jobs, etc, are often quite stressful and potentially damaging for kids. This kind of migration dynamic can be very disrupting for young children, since they rely deeply on their daily routines and respond strong to familiar surroundings.

Situations of constant change bring a lot of confusion, as it is more difficult for kids to grasp an understanding of time and space the way adults do; through having a more primitive and immediate conception of space-time, opposed to a linear view.


Research book for the project Pocket home. This publication contains the research evolution about the topic of home, starting form wide notions about the most primitive concept, to detailed mechanisms to appreciate and generate home.

Starting from top left:

1. The meaning of “home”:
Introduction page to the research topic.

2. Attachment to space:
Observation on Children’s behavior and their connections between the idea of home and physical location.

3. Ancestral home:
Definitions of primitiveness  related to the
concept of home. Study on human nature traits.

4. Sense of belonging:
Visual representation of human geographical rooting. The wide spectrum of belonging to a place.

5. Protective layer:
Definition of one of the principal traits of home. Method to create boundaries by delimitation of space.

6. The value of things:
Archive of different objects collected by children. Study about the attachment to materiality, origin and imaginative play. Observations about different definitions of value.