Chantal Roth


S.U.T.E.C. is a housing association aimed at providing communal living spaces for women in urban contexts that are safe, technologically advanced and environmentally friendly.

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The concept is informed by research suggesting that many women in urban slums feel unsafe living alone. In particular, they dread having to walk long distances at night to use the toilet. S.U.T.E.C. is a women-only refuge that provides a safe environment for women as they begin new lives in the city. The building incorporates essential amenities including a communal kitchen, toilet, showers, cleaning facilities and a shared garden, so the occupants don’t need to go out unless they want to. It also promotes sustainability by utilising solar power for electricity and heating, as well as reusing waste.