Can you see the sea? An Architecture of Finding Peace
Illegal Immigration Registration Centre

Y2 Project 1, October - December 2019

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Project description:

International Container Port of Felixstowe

The design aims to detraumatise the illegal immigrants found in containers, thus making the asylum seeking process easier for both the immigrants and the authorities.

The building seems smaller at first glance than it actually is to make it less intimidating. The Waiting Area has views of all the steps of the process, so it is easy to understand even if communication with employees is not possible.

Trauma Informed Design was a driving force of the project, informing spatial and material decisions. Sense of space and freedom was also important: after being in a small drark box with circa 30 people it would be welcomed.

Made using AutoCAD, physical model and Photoshop.





Layers of Model (built to scale 1:100):

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Proposal from different views (built to scale 1:100):

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Routes of Immigrants and Employees in the Port (immigrants: blue, employees: orange):

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Roof Elevation and Section of Proposal in Site Context:

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Diagram of Building (immigrants: blue, employees: orange):

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Ground and 1st Floor Plans:

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North-South Section (NSection AA):

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West-East Section (Section BB):

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West-East Section (Section CC):

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Window Detail - "Frameless Window" (Sense of translucency and openness, furthered by generous ceiling height):

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Approaching the Building - Building feels smaller than its true size due to built-up earth and trees:

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A Building to be Easily Understood by All - Panoramic view of reception space showing the whole registration process:

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Room Unit - A space to start recovering from trauma; seeing the sea - finding peace with the ocean, previously linked to great anxiety:

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In published UK Governmental reports, the need for such a facility is clearly stated, as more and more people are found in containers in ports due to increased immigration and better detection equipment.




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