Owner: Chatham Kent Women’s Crisis Center Study
Location: Chatham, Ontario
Size: 2600 sf
The Women’s Crisis Center in Chatham was housed in an older building needing renovations. In response to this arrangement, J.P. Thomson Architects were selected to study the possibilities of not only renovating the existing spaces but including proposals for more bedrooms for short-term stays at the center.
The design strategy called for closing in the existing side courtyard with more bedrooms. The courtyard would provide the interior hallway with light and movement both inside and outside the building. In addition to the bedrooms, shared washrooms and a laundry facility complete the addition. Overall, the new enclosed courtyard, with a new small gazebo provides a place of refuge for the women using the building, not unlike a private cloister. The new addition adds 5 new bedrooms, 2 new shared bathrooms, along with a new laundry facility and storage space. The older spaces in the existing building would be fully renovated to accommodate the current needs of the centre including creating new offices and a communal dining room.