Swinburne University of Technology (PAVE) BDMICT – Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

Melbourne’s CBD is home for many homeless people. Within the City of Melbourne a number of abandoned buildings remain empty while vulnerable members of the community are in need of safe accommodation.

A Second Chance Project, aims to connect people in need of housing with places in need of occupants, by providing interior design concepts for how these empty buildings might be repurposed into temporary accommodation and respite centres for the homeless.

Designed by three years of Graduates from the Interior Design program at Swinburne, partnering with The Salvation Army and The City of Melbourne. 2019 and 2020 was devoted to the Melbourne CBD’s homeless, while 2021 was focused on respite for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

The design challenge is, how to design sensitive, appropriate respite accommodation, using disused and derelict buildings as a potential site in times of a pandemic.

By creating spaces that are otherworldly.

That inspire wonderment.

That light up the heart and mind with aspirations for a better life, greater confidence, and new and positive ways of thinking.

A Second Chance Project is a tri-site exhibition, each investigating a different aspect of homelessness – rough sleeper’s accommodation, transitional accommodation, respite accommodation. Together, the three sites support a response model that can literally be picked-up and moved to different locations, while asking the viewer to consider what the concept of home means to them.

Good design can change the way people view the world.

It can be transformative.