SERICC Crisis Centre, Essex Extension and refurbishment
Client: South Essex Rape & Incest Crisis Centre
At SERICC, a charity supporting women victims of sexual abuse, new window pods clad in rough cedar shingles attempt to soften the building’s harsh unwelcoming environment. Likened to ‘Listening Ears’, the blinkered windows also provide privacy and seating to the new counseling rooms. The practice spent time with counsel workers and women to understand the complex nature of their work and how women feel when they visit the centre. This information was developed into emotional diagrams that helped link their experience with the physical context and hence better inform the design proposals.
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