Ergonomic wet spaces: design factors in bathrooms designed for all
Design For All
Institute of India
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Design decisions are directly related to efficient functioning of residential environments and equally responding these environments to diverse user demands. The most challenging decisions of architects and designers are the solutions that are required for non– discriminating wet spaces. In that sense, rather than having special solutions, there is a need of usable, accessible and understandable kitchens and bathrooms in Turkish society, where there is an increase in aging and disabled society. This study analysed the bathroom literature under three approaches: universal design, design for all and inclusive design. According to the analysis results, the design factors for ergonomic bathrooms encompass: circulation, storage units, WCs, basins, shower/bathtub, illumination, materials. Furthermore, the relationships among those are discussed according to diverse user groups. As a result, user needs are changing parametrically based on the diversity of disabilities, which makes an integrated approach essential rather than additional design solutions.