Equality for all
The aim for the building was, that it, as a whole, would have to be equal for all. The house is supposed to be easy for all to use in daily life, and therefore we believe that short distances within the house are important. This is achieved by centering the features of the house around a small atrium. This way, the distances between offices and other features are shorter and informal meeting areas naturally rise. At the same time, you always move the shortest way around the atrium, and from there to the function you are looking for.
When designing and building the house, DPOD chose to work with one solution for all users. They wanted to incorporate beautiful universal solutions from the start, and have thus avoided barriers both inside and outside in everyday use. Generally, they have prioritized low-tech rather than high-tech solutions, as they are an integral architectural solution which, in principal, is no more expensive than other inaccessible solutions.
Overview and orientation
The orientation concept of the building makes it intuitive to navigate in. There is a connection between what you see from the outside and what you experience inside the house. The house “speaks” to several senses and is therefore accessible to all 8 primary disability groups. The cognitively impaired, for example, will be able to orient themselves by getting simple instructions such as:
1) Take the stairs to the 3rd floor
2) Go to the red zone
3) Take the door to the right.
This provides a peace of mind when you move around in the building and increases freedom of movement.
The DPOD wanted to create a friendly and welcoming house. There are visual connections between all levels and organizations, so that you can keep track on what is happening in the building. Similarly, joint functions are shared around the house, which this way becomes social meeting places where interaction and knowledge sharing across organizations can emerge.
Respect for diversity
The house has a bright interior with plenty of daylight and bright friendly materials that reflect light without glare. All corners one can bump into or move around are friendly rounded to take into account all users of the building.