Project: This shelter in one of Thane’s slums was established for abandoned children of sex workers to provide them with a safe residential space. Today 30 girls reside here ranging in ages from 3-16.The centre also functions as a community gathering space hosting events for senior citizens, women and infants.
The current centre is poorly planned with insufficient areas to accommodate its varied functions. Our task was to completely redesign the existing centre to respond to the needs of its diverse users, climatic challenges and tight site constraints.
The ensuing plan is kept simple to maximize on the efficient use of areas with creative solutions applied to in-fills, façades and stairways. What results is an efficiently planned functional space served by playful interactive areas for recreation.
Stacking/ Planning: The ground floor of the centre is kept open to accommodate community activities for senior citizens, a crèche, women’s development training etc. The space is planned like a verandah opening up to a private courtyard on the north side and partly opening up to adjoining lanes on the other 3 sides with shaded by first floor overhang.
The middle floor dedicated to children's sleeping areas is more enclosed to create a secure and personal environment. Protected by a facade of operable nursery installed louvers on the south, recreational bands are provided towards the east and west with the north side opening up to the private courtyard below.
The top floor houses all the storage spaces, study areas and caretakers sleeping place. It shelters the children's living space underneath from direct sun.