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'Brilliant - I loved the idea'


HIGH COMMENDATION WINNER / IGUZZINI TRAVEL AWARD ANGELA HOPCRAFT LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY Women's Refuge Tutor: Maurice Mitchell Deep between retaining walls, half a kilometre of open sewer houses the Jagdamba camp in India. A widows' refuge was formulated through engagement with this landscape of regularly ooding rambling brickwork and narrow footpaths, alongside the personal narratives of insiders and outcasts. Removing redundant latrines revealed a forbidden garden, a backdrop to a graded choreography of movement on two levels. Entry to the tall heart of the scheme is guarded by a terrace of blacksmiths' workshops. Between entrance and garden, an impluvium catches water, while sheltering invited gatherings. Inside, the tall, top-lit refectory, between the garden and the personal space, celebrates secure conviviality.

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