Transitional housing for 36 homeless women, for many of whom this may be their first home in years, due to mental illness, substance abuse, or domestic violence. To provide a safe and secure environment presented a design challenge of balancing autonomy and privacy against staff surveillance and control.

Here this balance is delightfully achieved with daylit corridors that serve as casual meeting places, a large kitchen with room for many cooks and views of the neighborhood "pea patch" community garden. Small decks, lounges, and libraries provide a variety of places for communion or retreat. Private bedrooms are organized in groups of five around a common bathroom.
The colorful and modulated facade provides a welcome street presence in a neighborhood changing from primarily single family houses to large scale apartments and commercial offices.


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