Architecture for the Blind: Intelligent and Inclusive Spaces for the Blind User.

by María Francisca González Translated by Emma Johansson

The design of spaces for people with visual disabilities is an important issue when it comes to talking about accessibility. Architects who adopt the principles of universal design understand that the needs of a blind client are the same as those of all people.

Inclusive design is vital in order for all users to be able to develop comfortably and to correctly understand the various functions of a space. Given the need for our cities to promote integration, we present three exemplary projects for a blind user; a house, a building and a public space.

The MAC House by So & So Studio was designed for a blind woman in Thiene, Italy. After 50 years of living in her old house, the architects chose to implement a design that would allow her to move easily through the new house.

The project used glyphic language on the floor to guide the user using a system of an integrated map. The spaces were oriented around a central corridor, ensuring efficient circulation and minimizing a labyrinthine effect.

Within this house, we worked directly with the client to map out her daily habits and typical path. This ensured an intuitive organization of the home and helped to ease the transition of daily activities between her two houses; old and new. Each daily use or activity became a node in So & So Studio’s house map.