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Bath Design for the Elderly

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In order to meet the owners’ wishes for a residence that would be suitable for them in old age, the architects planned the Alt-Stralau (AST) house as a disabled-friendly construction. The floor plans were kept flexible so that the building can be adapted to different circumstances and requirements by adding a few built-in components. Design elements like, the elevator, the barrier-free doors wide enough for wheelchairs and the generously proportioned traffic routes ensure unhindered access to the residents and warrant wheelchair user’s good freedom of movement.

The demand for barrier-free residential units also makes special requirements of the design of the bathrooms. By opting for just 165 mm high Vero washbasin from Duravit, Clarke and Kuhn were able to provide a wheelchair-accessible model. The wash basin with clear, straight-lined design is close to the standard for barrier-free washbasins and perfectly harmonizes with the minimalist interior design. Both the wall-mounted and the console versions of Vero washbasin are installed in the AST house.

Keeping in sync, the bidet from the Starck 3 range in its simple basic form is a great complement to the rectangular washbasin. The architects chose the wall-mounted WC for wheelchair users from the Architec range. The fixture with a projection of 700 mm, is barrier-free in accordance with DIN 18024 standards. In addition, the spacious and easily accessible shower areas are fitted with sturdy handles as safety aid in all bathrooms, if required.

A great importance was attached to avoiding any impression of a sterile clinical environment in the bath spaces whilst offering all the necessary functions. The moisture-resistant hardwood parquet flooring used in the living areas is continued as the bath floor covering and as wall and bathtub panelling. The use of same materials as in the living areas helps communicate a visual impression of flowing, barrier-free space while, the customized built-in wooden furniture creates a sense of luxury.

What’s more, the user can lie back in the comfort of the Starck built-in bath, fitted with a whirl system and neck support, while enjoying the view through the built-in window across the living area to the surroundings outside. An attractive prospect for old age!

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