How can architecture be used to create a welcoming environment for children with special needs?
For the design of a new facility for the Karin Dom Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping children with special needs, we have proposed a space around the concept of a dwelling to make visitors feel at home.
Karin Dom is a place where children, parents and professionals feel welcome, able to have fun, create and play, learn, build independence and make friends.Karin Dom Vision
Our design derives mainly from the above statement, which we interpreted as creating a home for users of the building. What defines a home is the way in which the occupants feel inside it; whether or not they feel comfortable inside and whether they can feel an intimate relationship with other occupants.
The architecture takes this desire to all levels of the design, from the disposition of the building down to the arrangement of the building functions and individual building details. The result is a series of blocks that evoke the silhouette of houses clustered together, creating a village within a forest which gives Karin Dom a defining character and a sense of belonging.
Construction is possible within the set-back areas.
Separation of Functions
Rooms are arranged based on their functional requirements.
Connect with Outdoor
By shifting the individual blocks, each room is given a window to bring in natural lighting.
Open to Natural Lighting
The roofs are raised to being in maximum sunlight.
The roof is refined to minimize the building bulk from all sides.
The design aims to create a lively and engaging environment by creating informal meeting places within the building. At the heart of the design is the central garden, with access provided from various rooms for use by visitors and occupants. This garden becomes an informal meeting place where chance encounters can occur. Internally, the individual blocks are shifted along the axis to create nooks and crannies for people to sit, rest and chat.
Healthcare, Education, Public