Second Chance Coffee

Endorsed by the International Commission of Jursists (ICJ)

A prefab café located outside the Sunshine Magistrates Court, Melbourne and staffed by on-remand offenders from the Dame Phillis Frost Centre, a med-max security women’s prison. VACRO required the design of a sensitive space that could be inhabited by a workforce that might have experienced, and may still be experiencing, significant trauma while meeting considerable budget, programmatic and spatial constraints. I co-led the entire project from client consultation to design to overseeing final construction.

Second Chance was opened in 2017 by the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AM and has received several awards.

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