The Simon Community is a charity that work to help people sleeping rough by providing a first stop on their journey of getting off the streets. They work out of a House in Camden, where volunteers and the homeless live together to create a feeling of togetherness and belonging. This home has slowly become run down and no longer fulfils the charities requirements.
The Simon Community has been selected as one of Bloomberg’s focused charities, and as such, has received funding from charity events to redevelop the property. This is an amazing opportunity, not only for the charity, but for the whole design team to work on a project that will provide such important services to those who need them the most.
The design focus has been on making a space that feels open for the residents, as they can be prone to claustrophobia when they first come off the street. Therefore a large double height communal space has been designed, with large glazed panels to let in light and give the feeling of additional space. Structural portal and picture frames are to be used to support and stabilise the rear masonry wall above. Lightweight extensions are to be added at the rear and onto the top floors, which will use steel and timber for ease of construction.