Our task was to turn the Kantor Centre, a 3200 sq m new building by architects Penoyre and Prasad, into a home for the Anna Freud Centre. It is a place for child mental health research, training and treatment centre, and sits alongside the Pears Family School for children excluded from mainstream school because of behavioural issues related to their mental health. Our goal was to de-institutionalise the institution and design somewhere that feels warm, calm, solid, safe and reassuring in difficult times. Our design supports and enables basic and complex human needs simultaneously.
Photography by Helen Cathcart