A Mission in the City (wooden model, centre), surrounded by a number of smaller models of residential housing models.
A Mission in the City is the winner of a visionary design competition. It is intended to provide accommodation for homeless people and single- parent families, as well as detox facilities, workshops, a library, health and recreation services, and a new public square. The architects are best known for their award-winning, highly crafted single-family houses. Here, they have worked in collaboration with a city church and a social service charity to apply this same sensibility to a social programme. The result is a refuge for those normally relegated to the margins of urban life. (text: Charles Walker, Future Islands catalogue)
Stevens Lawson Architects
Nicholas Stevens, Gary Lawson, Stephen Martin, Belinda Millard and Angela Makgill (Stevens Lawson Architects) with Rewi Thompson, Holmes Consulting Group
and eCubed Building Workshop