>> THREE BLOCKS DOWN

A shelter that gives children hope and dreams during their darkest times

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 interior design 

 family homeless shelter 

>> ONLY 25% OF HOMELESS CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOL,
22% OF THOSE ARE DIAGNOSED WITH LEARNING DELAYS,
AND OVER 80% WITH MENTAL/EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY.

Three Blocks Down is a family shelter dedicated to catering better experiences and helping its tenants to grow as part of the community. The shelter design focuses on providing emotional, mental, and social stability.

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The name is meant to help children feel empowered of their living situation since they become afraid or ashamed of saying they live at a shelter_

I live three block down_

 

>> Concept <<

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 NEGARI 

“exposed roots”_

Japanese gardening technique consisting of removing soil under the tree to expose their roots - making them stronger_

The Tree That Sheltered Me_

I ran through the meadow 
looking to shelter from the storm. 


It all seemed lost
until a lonely tree came into view 
- far on the horizon. -

The tree was alive.
Dancing with the melody of wind and rain.

 

A branch swirling in front 
- imitated a smile - 
as if enjoying the dance with his friends.

Suddenly the branch turned toward me 
wanting me to join.


I ran 
and he opened a path.

 

I settled underneath. 
His ancient soul warming mine. 
His arms rocked me sleep.

I slept 'til the sun shined 
once again.

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>> Building <<

 OLD COOK   COUNTY   HOSPITAL

1835 W Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 6O612_

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Second Level_

   17 family rooms

   3 administratives rooms

   3 communal lounges

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First Level_

   1 cafeteria

   3 working spaces

   4 learning clasrooms

   6 administrative offices

 

>> Design <<