Alison House Renovation

Project Title: Alison House Renovation

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Project Background

The building is currently severely weathered and it requires urgent essential renovation to restore it to its former glory.

This renovation project is proposed by the Principal of Trinity College and his suggestion is that the boarding house should to be a place where children love to be in. It will have separate self-sufficient accommodation units instead of a dormitory in par with modern thinking and requirements.

Design Components

The design of the boarding house will have the following main spaces:

  • Separate rooms to accommodate two to four students per room, with bunk beds with a work station and storage below the bed.
  • Common area to relax, study and for entertainment.
  • Toilets on each floor with modern facilities
  • Tutors suite and house parents suite.
  • Additional staircase to access the two floors / emergency exits
  • Improved lighting conditions through glass roof.
  • improved ventilation

Design Concept

The guiding concept of the new renovation is the creation of a home away from home. There will be house parents in addition to the tutors to look after the children. One of the main design features is to introduce light to the space to make it a more vibrant and enjoyable environment. The old world charm is maintained while introducing materials to give the interior a contemporary look.


Two cut-outs will be made on the roof, with glazing and louvres to get light and ventilation into the building.

First floor will consist of:

  • Partitioned rooms for 2-4 occupants
  • Accommodation for around 25
  • Large house parents apartment
  • Common room / Lounge
  • Study area plus computer area
  • Kitchenette
  • Well equipped toilets
  • Emergency exit


Second floor will consist of:

  • Partitioned rooms for 2-4 occupants
  • Accommodation for around 35
  • Tutors room
  • Common room
  • TV room
  • Study area and computers
  • Kitchenette
  • well equipped Toilets
  • Emergency exit
  • Glass roof to improve lighting and ventilation