GOING FOR GOLD
Director of Vista Access Architects Farah Madon says ABS figures indicate one in five Australians is living with a disability.
Liveable Housing Australia has developed three levels of housing that satisfy the criteria of universal housing design — silver, gold and platinum. New apartment building design guidelines stipulate that 20 per cent of all new apartments will now have to meet the minimum silver standard.
“This means that, in time, all new housing stock which is three storeys or more would have to provide minimum universal design features such as step-free access to at least one entry doorway, internal doors and passageways that are wider than usual, a visitable toilet on the entry level with some circulation space available in front of the pan (and) a hobless shower,” she says.
Architect Ashley Dunn said he had to convince council that moving the entrance to the rear (above), where the owner could enter easily, was preferable to trying to enter via the front steps. The open-plan design of this far South Coast house by...
This project where Farah Madon was accessibility consultant achieved the platinum level of living housing design.