Work Starts On Purpose-built Shelter For Victims Of Domestic Abuse In Israel

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Amos Goldreich Architecture and Jacobs-Yaniv Architects have unveiled ideas for a purpose-built shelter for females and children suffering domestic abuse in Israel.

London studio Amos Goldreich Architecture and Ramat HaSharon-based Jacobs-Yaniv Architects collaborated on the design for The Ada and Tamar De Shalit Home, which was commissioned by Israeli charity No To Violence.

The organisation was founded in 1977 to raise awareness of domestic abuse in Israel, as nicely as to supply support for survivors. Its work is led by human rights activist Ruth Rasnic, who was awarded the Israel Prize for her contribution to the discipline.

The Ada and Tamar De Shalit House domestic violence refuge in Israel by Amos Goldreich Architecture and Jacobs Yaniv Architects

The building will offer the charity’s first centre for female victims of domestic violence and their kids, as effectively as housing its administrative headquarters.

“Typically properties are improvised in present buildings and thankfully this new home will be suited specifically for the mothers and young children who desperately need a place to reside safely,” stated Amos Goldreich.

The shelter will characteristic a central courtyard and cloisters, and will be capable to accommodate up to 12 families in person quarters. It will sit on a 1,600-square-metre site in a quiet residential neighbourhood – despite the fact that the actual area is becoming stored secret.


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The walled gardens and building had been conceived as a tiny village, offering accommodation as well as a kindergarten, laptop and laundry rooms, and kitchens.

“Central to the brief from No To Violence, the charity that commissioned the shelter, was the provision of a safe atmosphere for its occupants,” mentioned Goldreich. “In response, we developed a developing with two facades: the secure and protective external facade, and the inner element, which overlooks the internal.”

“Another essential priority was to generate a sense of house for the inhabitants. Our strategy was to layout the developing as a modest village, accommodating a selection of functions. On arrival, each and every new household is provided a little property that is portion of the more substantial building.”

Rooms and offices will also be offered for reside-in personnel, as properly as visiting social employees, a child psychologist and a attorney.

The Ada and Tamar De Shalit House domestic violence refuge in Israel by Amos Goldreich Architecture and Jacobs Yaniv Architects

“The shelter will supply a much-required refuge for abused girls,” explained Rasnic. “They arrive in a state of real distress, these folks have deep psychological issues, as do their youngsters, so the shelter have to offer them with a tangible sense of calm and safety.”

“The architects have developed a miracle, truly, a location exactly where individuals of disparate backgrounds can come to terms with their personal trauma.”

American landscape architect Eran Schlesinger will donate indigenous planting and a herb garden for kitchen workers. The courtyard and surrounding gardens will also feature children’s playground products.

The shelter will be built from locally sourced materials. It will use solar panels to heat water and will be naturally ventilated to minimise its impact on the atmosphere and to maintain running charges low.

The Ada and Tamar De Shalit House domestic violence refuge in Israel by Amos Goldreich Architecture and Jacobs Yaniv Architects

Architects Tamar Jacobs and Oshri Yaniv founded their studio in 2004. Previous tasks by the duo include a pilates studio for Paralympic swimmer and a 1950s-inspired fit out of a Tel Aviv apartment.

Amos Goldreich is the son of interior designer Tamar de Shalit and Arthur Goldreich, who was instrumental in the establishment of the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress. He offered refuge for Nelson Mandela in 1961 from the apartheid government at Lilliesleaf Farm in Johannesburg.

The Ada and Tamar De Shalit House, which is named in memory of Goldreich’s mom and grandmother, is set for completion in February 2017.

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