“The ground floor’s community room has a subtle amphitheatre-like slope that when viewed through the wall of windows, is clearly in line with the natural incline of the campus’ landscape. This was to faciliate clear lines of sight throughout the building. Image: LTL Architects” – Wired.com
“So what exactly is DeafSpace? A quick background: Back in 2005, architect Hansel Bauman began working with Gallaudet’s ASL (American Sign Language) Deaf Studies department to create the DeafSpace Project, an initiative that sought to develop architectural guidelines to improve how deaf people interact with their built surroundings. Bauman and his team developed more than 150 design elements that address five main problem areas for the deaf: space and proximity, sensory reach, mobility and proximity, light and color, and acoustics.
At its most basic level, DeafSpace aims to incorporate awareness and sensitivity of future building design, and it just so happens that the challenges deaf students face are particularly good at bringing design deficits to light. “The Gallaudet community did not approach this as, ‘We want a building that only works for us,’ says lead LTL architect David Lewis. “Rather, there is an understanding that comes from being deaf that interprets, knows and experiences space in a way that those that are hearing cannot.”- Wired.com
Each residential floor has a kitchen that opens to a lounge. All main appliances are centered on the island, which ensures that students never have to have their backs to each other while cooking. This is meant to foster the idea of the kitchen as a gathering place where students can get to know each other. Image: LTL Architects” – Wired.com
I think this is great and it is nice to see that there is increased awareness. Kudos to Deafspace!