Many years in the making, HomeGround is a new 11-storey tower, podium and restored heritage building by Auckland City Mission providing permanent accommodation with 80 studios and one-bedroom apartments for chronically homeless people.
A combination of accommodation and support services ensures the City Mission can respond in an integrated and holistic way. The centre includes a commercial kitchen, community dining room, public showers and toilets, a public medical centre and pharmacy, addiction withdrawal services, activity spaces, a rooftop garden and a sacred space.
Stevens Lawson Architects designed a building that treats users with respect and dignity, and that welcomes all. This is New Zealand’s first model of single-site supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.
Diadem was involved in the wayfinding strategy, design and execution of this visionary project. It was crucial to the success of the brief that the wayfinding experience was warm, homely and non-institutional, as both residents and day users share the space.