We are proud to have been shortlisted in the architectural ideas competition ‘Hidden Homeless’, which was headed by the New Horizon Youth Centre (NHYC) and supported by the Mayor of London. The competition challenged Architects to propose radical ideas for innovative housing for young homeless people.
The brief called for financially viable proposals to redevelop the redundant York Road Tube Station to provide short and medium term accommodation for 28 homeless 16-21 year olds, alongside a complimentary use that would provide a revenue stream in support of the homeless accommodation.
Despite being a London based competition, we felt the issues raised were extremely relevant to Bristol, where the number of homeless people is on the rise – by a staggering 128% over the past three years, according to statistics from Homeless Link.
Our proposal plans to widen the lens on homelessness by actively encouraging the public to communicate and engage more effectively with the subject in an everyday setting. Our design combines homeless accommodation with co-working space, a workshop, canteen and a nursery; spaces in which interactions with new and interesting people occur on a daily basis. Together the uses foster a combined culture of hard work, skills sharing and innovation within the building.