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Children Respite Centre by Kah Chuan Tan

The proposed design is about the Children Respite Centre for Newcastle, which is located at Cathedral Park, and close to the Christ Church Cathedral.

Domestic violence has affected the families’ bonding badly. And, sadly, it causes many children and women to become traumatized. Thus, this project is the therapy center and temporary accommodation for the children and women who have experienced domestic violence, based on the ideologies of Biophilia to promote healing. Biophilia is a thought, where people situated in natural environment, our cognitive functioning, mental restoration and emotional wellbeing is in optimal state. Hence, with the collaborative and horticultural environment for a healthy progression, this project creates an environment whereby children and women can reclaim their trust and feelings of safety.