Proposals developed by Black Architecture in late 2019 have taken a step closer to being delivered thanks to support from the £18.5m Wolfson Foundation funding round announced in June 2020. The monies target outstanding projects across the UK in fields of science and medicine, heritage, humanities & the arts, health & disability and secondary education.
At Helen and Douglas House this will enable two independent studio flats to be created where parents can escape for some rest, whilst still being in close proximity to their children. The treetop rooms look out over the gardens of the adjacent convent, with the layout maximising the feeling of space within a confined environment.
The design applies solutions previously tested in a sustainable hotel that the practice team developed, transferring ideas across sectors to benefit a new user group with distinct needs.