Article 9, ‘Accessibility’, of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, states that: “all parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure that people with disabilities are treated equally to others”. In the built environment, the idea of Universal Design addresses equality as the design of buildings, products or environments that are accessible to all people, regardless of age, disability or other factors.
With the ambition to create the most accessible office building in theworld, The Disabled People’s Organization Denmark has developed andbuilt a headquarter in Taastrup, Denmark, which succeeds in sheddinglight on the need of universal design in the future.
Besides bringing the different disabled people’s organizations in Denmarktogether in a welcoming setting, the building sets an example of inte-grated accessible design.
Creating a working environment which is equal for all regardless ofdisabilities, the team focused on promoting integrated low-tech solutionsrather than add-on design. The wayfinding system addresses multiplesenses with sound and tactile detailing, and simple recognizable guidingfeatures make it easier for visually or cognitively impaired to find theirway.
The team has worked with the detailing from the beginning of the designphase, making e.g. the tactical guiding paths a beautiful and integratedpart of for instance the staircase design.
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