Dellow Day Centre

The bright colours are a metaphor to confront the invisibility of homeless people.

LONDON – A colourful structure is the setting for a charity’s new activity centre in London’s East End.

Located on the site of a former storage building, the Dellow Day Centre is nestled in a land-locked plot, strategically facing a courtyard to animate the space. An angular yellow and green perforated cladding acts as the façade. Its permeability allows daylight to enter while offering a sense of privacy for people inside. 

‘We wanted to create a thoughtful yet functional building that uses its landlocked site to its full advantage,’ says architect Sarah Featherstone of Featherstone Young. ‘Throughout the building, an emphasis has been placed on creating a series of robust, flexible and functional internal spaces.’

The building houses the arts and activity centre of Providence Row, a charity focused on homelessness that supports people in the UK’s most deprived districts.

The ground floor is a bike workshop, where guests can develop skills in attempt to increase employment candidacy. On the first floor is an art centre for visual and performing arts, while the top floor houses office space and storage. 

Visitors to the centre can find essential services like food, clothing and showers. Dellow Day Centre is located near Brick Lane in London’s East End.

Leaderboard: Architonic
Leaderboard: Architonic

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