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Week 13 Report | August 15th -21st by t.devlin
August 26, 2010, 12:46 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

A major focus this week has been compiling the examples of Universal Design I have documented this summer in Copenhagen.  Above is a collage of the Kastrup Sea Bath I produced using black ink, and added color in Adobe Illustrator.  The Kastrup Sea Bath is an excellent example of the high caliber of Danish design standards.  The Azobe wood screen takes the form it does to protect bathers from prevailing winds.  Azobe wood was selected for the building material because it is resistant to damage caused by salt water.  The design of the entire facility is inclusive to all.  The bridge out to the bath is 100 meters, and there are swim ladders incrementally along the bridge.  There are several points to jump into the water at different heights from the bath, catering to different swimming abilities.  This is illustrated in the mixed media collage above.  The ramped entry into the ocean that runs along the bridge to the sea bath is a significant accessible entry point.  Individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Arthritis, low muscle tone, and other disabilities greatly benefit from aquatic and salt water physical therapy.  For example, salt water physical therapy and adds buoyancy to eliminate the stress of gravity and eliminates the risk of falling  down to prone users, all while building muscle tone.  The lighting on the sea bath is embedded into the wooden deck is a safety feature for bathers, and gives the bath a unique sculptural appearance when viewed from the shore.  To read Tim Devlin’s full week 13 report, click here


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