Two-stage architectural competition for the design of a Children’s Centre on the existing site of a women and children’s refuge in Dublin.
Answering an ambitious brief for a tight site we based our response on the belief that the proposal can help to re-define and strengthen the relationship between the inside and the outside world - as a matter of the physical environment but also to support the development of a positive and confident identity.
The concept for the centre was developed around the ideas of a defining skin for the main elevation, maximising daylight and vistas and providing flexible yet distinct internal spaces for the children to relate to. Treating the existing centre and the new proposal as an entity allowed for a highly efficient layout within the given budget constraints.
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