Advanced Design Studio:

Family Justice Center

Spring 2020

1/4

Home Sweet Home

Instructors:

Turner Brooks & Jonathan Toews

A center for victims of domestic violence in New Haven

Home Sweet Home

Advanced Design Studio: Family Justice Center in New Haven

- A center for victims of domestic violence in New Haven

Location: New Haven, CT, the USA

Instructors:  Turner Brooks & Jonathan Toews

Spring 2020

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Family Justice Center is a new type of urban facilities, first being established roughly 30 years ago in Europe, providing help for victims of domestic violence. It is a miniature of multiple city facilities: family court, policy office, clinic, psychological office, children’s care, etc.

 

The Studio started with the exploration of “liminal zoon”, which serves as a threshold where people can escape from the outer world and feel safe. As Paola from Family Justice Center in New Haven said, “‘Welcome home’ is always the first thing I say when people come to Family Justice Center.”

 

I try to make each space like the space in a typical house, not big but cozy. This is a temporary home where people can share their stories, instead of an urban facility where people seek help.

The site

827 Chapel St. New Haven, CT

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The site is a linear narrow slot linking Chapel Street and the Federal Plaza. City Hall is the first destination for most of the victims. Victims will then be informed to visit Family Justice Center to process the case. It is necessary to have two entrance to allow victims to enter the building from the Plaza, a relatively private space, and from Chapel Street, a more open and busier street.

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View from the Federal Plaza

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Ground floor plans

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People feel safe when they stay unseen and are able to supervise others. “Safe spots” are being created everywhere in the project. These spaces are semi-open. The equivocality provides liminal zone for people to temporarily escape to.

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Advanced Design Studio:

Family Justice Center

Spring 2020

1/4

Home Sweet Home

Instructors:

Turner Brooks & Jonathan Toews

A center for victims of domestic violence in New Haven