Crisis Accomnodation Centre
St Kilda, 2010
In this project we not only provide people with shelter, we provide housing which is independent, their own space, so they can regain control over their personal living space. The housing units are self contained, no shared bathroom facilities, other than within a family unit. They have control over bathing, eating, sleeping, cleaning. All the things those of us with housing take for granted.
The housing also attempts, through its design, to lift people beyond their condition, to allow the triumphant human spirit to rise above their condition and excel again. The high ceilings over the bedrooms are intended to lift people’s spirits, as well as giving access to north light and natural ventilation and cooling via thermal currents. The height above the other rooves signifies the importance of the individual, and their ability to rise above adversity.
Each unit has north facing living areas, with outlook over gardens and beyond. The out door space provides generous and private recreation in the fresh air, and hopefully opportunities for chance acquaintances, new friendships, informal supports.
Children are supported in an environment which is predictable for them in the company of their carers. Playgrounds are provided for junior and senior children, where carers can keep an eye on them. A space for BBQ is provided for functions or individual use.
All of this is supported by a