Tresalene (Hall of trees) a Foyer in Dundee City, a buildingto provide a halfway house for young homeless adults. The briefdescribed the need to incorporate a range of accomodation, meeting andliving spaces, along with suitable opportunities for residents tore-develop skills that they could employ, to find their own feet again.
I aimed to create a scheme that pushed the boundaries of reality, usingideas drawn from Norse mythology, and space conditioned by lightfiltered through a landscape of trees. Residents live among thetreetops, apparently floating above the city they once walked thestreets of. A large communal banquet hall with a sizeable hearthencourages interaction, and provides centrality to the scheme.Elongated walls and crisp paths guide residents beneath the canopy ofbirch trees, with floating courtyards and elegant ramps create walkwaysfor those above.