BA (HONS) INTERIOR DESIGN

Refuge for Women Dealing with Domestic Abuse

During this difficult time especially throughout lockdown everyone was scared about a killer virus spreading across the nation and found their homes to be a safe place for them and their families. However, for many women this wasn’t the case as they were forced to experience lockdown with their abusers. The pandemic threatens to exacerbate violence and close women’s escape routes to protection.

For this reason, I’ve designed a refuge for women dealing with domestic abuse as it has placed an emphasis on an ongoing situation that can no longer be ignored. The space should cater to their needs throughout all stage as they’ve been thoroughly researched however, I’ve focused on mental health and community as the main factors. The atmosphere should portray an easily accessible and welcoming private suburban home which also is a safe haven where they can have a new start to be free from their abusers.

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This image displays the final floor plans for the building with the ground floor at the top of the page and the attic/roof plan at the bottom. This image helps showcase the many different features needed to be consider and included within the design as this issue is very complex.

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This image displays Section A and Section B which presents both side of the interior as the cross section has been split through the middle of the building. These drawings showcase the interior atmosphere with white wall representing a black canvas for new start with hits of greenery enhancing positivity.

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This image displays the elevations for the building including the front elevation, the back elevation and the west elevation. It demonstrates how the space is open to be welcoming from the front of the building however private with the wall surrounding the space creating a safe atmosphere.

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This image displays a exploded isometric view of the exterior within the walls. Showcasing the modern design with a relaxing, open space, Garden of Eden like atmosphere. However, it includes the structure of the interior walls for the attic space as its different from the exterior which is shown above.

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This image displays the concept mood board as well as a few visuals which are important to the design including the greenhouse which has beneficial aspect for mental health, the food kitchen which brings the community together and finally a visual for the bedrooms which is their own protected space.

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