Good Shepherd Place is an institutional building that comprises several user groups, eg, Sisters of Marymount Convent, Kindergarten, Crisis Shelter for families suffering abuse. The client first approached us when their existing land was being acquired by the State. The existing land was hilly with green open spaces.
Moving them to a higher density development, the concept was to create as much green terraces on the Sister’s quarters floors. Thus the step terraces were introduced to take advantage of the non-computed gross floor area. This created the feel of landed houses stacked into a medium-rise block. The Sisters have been enjoying the greenery, cultivated crops for enjoyment.
The crisis shelters were designed with the ‘living room’ concept, choosing to enlarge the usual corridors into communal spaces, so that security is enhanced yet habitat improved.
A similar central communal space was introduced into the kindergarten wing, providing greenery, daylighting and ventilation to the ring of classrooms around.