Commissioned by the Israeli charity No To Violence, which is headed up by the distinguished human rights champion Ruth Rasnic, the structure will be the charity’s first purpose-built shelter and will also accommodate its administrative headquarters. Measuring 1600 sq-m, the building has been designed to house families from diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds, including Arab, Israeli, Ethiopian, Russian and Ukrainian women and children.
The new shelter, which will occupy land gifted to the charity by the local municipality, will accommodate up to twelve families, all of whom require individual privacy, yet need to coexist with each other and with the staff who look after them. Located within a quiet residential neighbourhood and surrounded by a mix of private residential houses and blocks of flats, the shelter offers families easy access to health clinics, schools, parks and other green spaces, counselling centres and recreational facilities.
Amos Goldreich, with co-architects Tamar Jacobs and Oshri Yaniv, has designed a building with two facades: a secure and protective external facade and an inner facade which links to the central garden or “heart” of the shelter. They have designed a peaceful haven for the women and children, a sharp contrast to the over-crowded makeshift building where they are currently located. Says Ruth Rasnic of the project, “The architects have created a miracle, really, a place where people of disparate backgrounds can come to terms with their individual trauma, where we can help rebuild their lives, give guidance and support during a key period of transition.”