The beginning of my design process was to consider the entire refuge as a home; every home has a kitchen and a living room and that is the heart of a home, which brings all members of the family together. the communal areas are the heart of this women’s shelter. This area is also important for emotional support for residents, as it is a place where people can meet and help each other. It is also used as a private and intimate workshop area that is only accessible to residents and staff. When new residents first arrive at this building, they enter through the living room instead of a reception/ waiting area, the reason for this was to create a warm, welcoming and homely atmosphere upon arrival, though there is a separate private lounge attached to the living room for those who require more privacy.