The design precedent for this project was always focused on the living environment of children in an underprivileged world.
The brief was a collaboration of ideas from the staff of the former children’s home. Freedom of architectural expression was encouraged; provided that the end product did not represent an institutional home environment. The key factor was that the children should feel ‘at home’ and not ‘in a home’.
From the start, the children were allowed to have an input in the design and were encouraged to draw pictures of what they envisaged to be their home. The iconic 1980’s rubik snake played a precedent role in the concept development and morphed into the design what it is today.