Building an extension to police stations that better accommodates the need of victims and survivors. Due to the imposing nature of police station, many people either because of a lack of trust, or poor relationship with the police, feel uncomfortable coming forward even as an innocent person. The buildings are designed to make people feel like criminals which is counter productive to the goal of increasing victim reported crimes. Safe Haven is designed to address this issue and make those who are brave enough to stand up for themselves feel welcome and validated. Any crime that hurts someone, small or big, deserves to be addressed and Safe haven is making that process easier.
The focus of this project was to ensure the safety and comfort of clients while still prioritizing their privacy. By working with natural light the feeling of home and calmness is heightened, but so is the potential for a feeling vulnerable because of large windows. To combat this issue the windows are stained glass. The second major concept was making a child friendly space. keeping with the theme of home there is a small children's play area in the corner inspired by the shape and feel of a nest. To tie the room together the 'branches of the nest spread throughout the room shifting into furniture. Finally the room allows for open discussion and wide space while allowing for privacy if needed. The main room is designed for bigger groups of people or those who feel comfortable with more room. Then there are 2 smaller rooms, one with a glass wall that acts as an office for any professionals who need it, and one that is separated by a weaved wall. This space has access to the colored glass windows and the weaved wall makes it still feel open, but it is protected enough to have private conversations. This space was designed for survivors and victims of any crime and attempts to make police stations more inviting for those who need help.