Michelle Badr

Ambiguously Together

Centered on the theme of restorative justice, this community center reconciles relationships between those who have caused harmed, their victims, and affected community members. Due to the sensitive program, the design calls for enhanced privacy and a warm environment to foster vulnerable conversations. A site analysis began by mapping paths through the lot and their visual axis, the program is then introduced at key moments to block these connections, preventing recognition and creating ambiguity. Lastly, landscape and gathering spaces are added to invite the community in and welcome all types of visitors, ultimately protecting a victim or harmer’s visit.