Roots/Routes is a project that aims to provide respite from the everyday for Cheetham Hill’s young carers. The building offers a place to relax, meet friends, escape, hide, and be themselves, adapting their environment as a home away from home. Temporary supported accommodation allows these young people a route within their roots, with extended stays to adapt to independence and progress from the parental home.
My exhibition piece demonstrates the nature of the programme, acting as a viewfinder to expose the hidden escapes within the project. Though not obvious from the exterior, the internal spaces reveal some of the intimate, individual and shared activities within the building.
This year has highlighted the importance of community interaction at the centre of design, with the cohesion of specialist knowledges affecting and creating appropriate and effective architecture.