Application of universal design in the design of apartment kitchens

Kyung Yeon Kang, Kyung Hoon Lee

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to suggest designs for apartment kitchens without major redesign for the elderly or the disabled, who are a fast growing population in Korea. According to the concept of universal design and the need to support various users as much as possible, five criteria for analysis were developed based on research on the mobility of wheelchair users: clear floor space, work flow, universal reach range, area for later use, and safety. Using the criteria developed, the accessibility and usability of five kitchen subtypes were investigated through the analysis of architectural documents. The result shows that kitchen layouts in Korean apartments are typically difficult to navigate for wheelchair users. Modification of the locations of the refrigerator, sink, and range was mainly required for appropriate clear floor space, work triangle, and countertops. Moreover, alternatives to five unit types were suggested without the need to increase the current kitchen size. For application of universal design to kitchen design, considerations for not only the size, the shape of the kitchen and its appliances but also for clear floor space, work triangle, countertop, reach range, and knee clearance formed by the location of each appliance are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-410
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Apartment kitchen
  • Fixture layout
  • Spatial dimension
  • Universal design
  • Wheelchair user

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Cultural Studies
  • Building and Construction
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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