Before beginning this project, I had the intention to solve a problem and help a particular demographic. My interest in the psychological effects of interiors led me to design a building for young mothers, which would facilitate healing, self-development and nurturing.
My early research revealed that young mothers were particularly vulnerable to mental health issues, with a variety of causes such as loneliness, isolation, economic uncertainty and having to drop out of work or school. My research found that many mothers were unaware of services available to help them, or these services were inaccessible and out of reach.
NEST aims to create an inviting atmosphere that encourages young mothers to seek mental health advice, gives opportunity for socialisation in a supportive community and promote independence and self-development when navigating the world of motherhood. 99 Macdonald Road was chosen as a site for NEST because of its unique position in the wider community, being easily accessible to young mothers with good transport links, located in a residential area, and close by to primary schools and nurseries.