Ruah Centre for Women and Children
Ruah Community Services
The Ruah Centre for Women and Children fleeing domestic violence is an aspirational project, a haven where women and children in need can heal and rebuild their lives. The Centre is a high functioning operational building where the safety and dignity of clients and staff are critical. The overarching project vision was to create an amenity that was welcoming, calm and safe for women and their children suffering trauma.
Architectus has conceived a building that is uplifting, welcoming and secure. The building’s simple form, calming material palette and architectural language express confidence and elegance, responsive to its context and reflective of the Centre’s vision.
The design approach began with the women and children at its heart; this building has been designed with the human experience at its core; it is community-focused and will make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Designed to support Ruah’s holistic approach to caring for and empowering women fleeing violence, a vital element of the brief was to provide consolidated services for women and children all in one location.
This building is seven storeys and contains three levels of Women’s Health, Family and Empowerment Services, two levels of short-term accommodation and two levels of corporate services for Ruah’s staff. The orientation toward views of Russell Square and the city were key design drivers, as was the quality of the internal spaces and the long-term flexibility and adaptability of the building across its life cycle.
All spaces foster a spirit of connection and harmony between staff, residents and clients. The Centre is the first purpose-built building of its kind in Western Australia, which has the highest domestic violence rate in the country. Beautiful, welcoming and generous, it will set a new benchmark for future centres of support and empowerment for women and their families seeking to rebuild their lives from domestic violence.