Veilige VesteEdit profile
Victims of human trafficking can find refuge behind the faceted walls of this sheltered housing block in the Netherlands by Dutch firm KAW. Named Veilige Veste, meaning ‘safe fortress’, the three-storey building in Leeuwarden, Friesland, provides a home for 48 girls that have suffered as victims of prostitution or abuse. The building was first constructed as a police station in the 1970s and the new diagonally folded facade panels act to both screen the original structure and provide room for additional insulation. Beatrice Montesano of KAW compares the faceted white squares to diamonds. Unlike refuges “tucked away in anonymous back alleys,” she says that the facade of the Veilige Veste has “a subtle gleam that interacts with its environment.” Beneath the white squares, wooden panels and large windows regularly alternate along the ground floor elevations.