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Organisation: designgruppe koop
Name: Andreas Koop
E-Mail: info@designgruppe-koop.de
Category: Universal design

Name of Project: Barrier-free orientation: »Landratsamt Ostallgäu«

Description of Project: What was the challenge? The goal was a guidance system for people with and without handicaps – with clear guidance for the blind and visually impaired, for wheelchair users, for deaf and cognitively impaired persons. From access to the room door. The building has 2, 3 or rather 4 levels, within there is a representative area but first of all long, narrow corridors. No chance to put information on walls, floors or ceilings. There was hardly any space for information in the heterogeneous building. What was the solution? Out of this situation, free-standing information elements were created that contain all the information plus wall versions for the staircases and small door plates on the individual rooms. Tactile floor indicators are taken into account as well as a tactile model of the building in front of the entrance. For accessibility, disabled persons normally use the two-senses principle which is to see and feel. This could be integrated well in the free-standing elements: at the correct height and with an inclination of 15° all information are shown tactile in Braille and pyramid font. In addition to that there are tactile floor plans each in the direction of view. These are also helpful for sighted visitors. The special feature: via a button you can have all the contents read aloud. What was the effect? An example of barrier-free design that is good-looking. A pathbreaking realisation which enables visitors of the Landratsamt Ostallgäu to get along: self-determined and unassisted. We are proud that the project receives a lot of media coverage.

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