This project’s main objective was accessibility. My assigned “client” was a 58-year-old male, who lived with his wife and a service dog. He was looking to redesign his home given his macular degeneration diagnosis. Macular degeneration is a vision disorder that affects the retina and results in distortion or loss of central vision.
The general focus of my project was to facilitate my client’s way around his house given his medical condition, in the present, but also looking at his future needs. The idea was to design a home focusing on specific textures and organic shapes that would consistently flow around my client’s living space, resulting in a logical pathway. I also felt it was important to create a project that considered my client’s wife, as well as his dog, where my conceptual model would not be perceived to be invasive to them.
My conceptual model was made of three materials: high and low-density foams and walnut wood. I wanted my client to feel the different textures when moving throughout the home and these materials provided that experience. With progressively deteriorating vision, my aim was to have my client feel comfortable in his own home, now, as well as in the future. It was also important to make the environment look aesthetically pleasant and these materials, because of their textures, did just that.
Textures & Visual
My objective behind this concept was for the clients’ home to have a consistent flow. I designed this project to specifically cater to the client’s visual needs by using curved walls and creating a textured map. The walls in each room have a different, unique, texture; the hallways were designed wide enough to allow the client to extend his arms. By feeling the various textures on the walls, my client will easily recognize each room and find his way around the house. Facilitating and enabling access to my client’s space were key in my design.