kobayashi + zedda

Transitional Women’s Living Unit
Whitehorse, Yukon

Is a medium security correctional centre residence designed by Kobayashi + Zedda Architects (for prime consultant DGBK Architects), specifically for female inmates.  In return for good behaviour, inmates are transferred into this 1,800 square foot, 9 bed facility which has a residential character and greater independence. Inmates prepare their own meals and are allowed to walk within the secure perimeter on their own.

The building was designed to be residential in scale but differentiates itself from a typical domestic residence.  Exterior windows have been carefully aligned with interior corridors and the four cardinal directions to place an opening for natural light along all axis.  The building has a gentle sloping berm at its base and a sloping wood soffit to provide some contouring against sharp 90 degree walls and corners.

This building is being constructed using local construction crews from the Kwanlin Dun First Nation.