One of the last works So & So architectural studio and photographer Stefano Calgaro The design of the blind woman’s home as a whole was a beautiful and unique task. The project required the design of an intelligent and intuitive space, so that a visually impaired client can quickly and adequately adapt to their new home, new environment, while achieving an elegant and modern aesthetic.

Housing design for a blind person

Photo by Stefano Calgaro

For a visually impaired person, the process of learning a new home is vital so that they can lead a completely normal life in a new environment as quickly and safely as possible. Thus, from the beginning of the project, a simple glyphic language was used, a method that uses very simple symbols and drawings, to create a map system integrated into the floor of the house itself, which would guide the new owner among different spaces in the house.

Housing design for a blind person

Housing design for a blind person

Photo by Stefano Calgaro

To create a map on the ground, a balancing exercise was performed between textures that were easy to recognize by touch, to create a pattern that contained these easy-to-recognize messages but at the same time covered and decorated under class and good taste. Wood, stone and porcelain were used for this.

Housing design for a blind person

Photo by Stefano Calgaro

Thanks to these materials, a map was created in the field, very easy to read and learn so that the owner could quickly and safely adapt to the environment. Also, different markings on the floor with their different messages, enhance the decorative function of the pavement.

Housing design for a blind person

And although the floor was key to this particular design, it was primarily meant to give shape to the house, making it articulated from a central hallway that communicates with the various spaces around it, thus ruling out any possible maze effect. the possibility of efficient movement of the owner.

The central hallway has three main points, and these are the ones that give access to the garage, front door and courtyard. In addition, it connects the bedroom with the kitchen, path nodes overlooking the bathroom, living room and guest room.

Housing design for a blind person

Photo by Stefano Calgaro

Housing design for a blind person

Photo by Stefano Calgaro

A special-scale project, perfectly executed in the studio, resulting in a functional and practical home in which the client can function comfortably thanks to a fluid design that connects different individual spaces in an intelligent and intuitive way.

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