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Title: Designing a non-obsructive bathroom based on universal design principles
Authors: Ong, Yiqun.
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Manufacturing::Product design
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: The layout and design of existing HDB flat bathroom has been largely the same despite the Singapore’s aging population and increasing number of people with disabilities in recent years. The need for a more non-obstructive, universal designed bathroom is more intense as the years gone by. The purpose of this report is to utilise Universal Design Principles to study, design and plan for a non-obstructive bathroom for disabled and aging people who need wheelchair most of the time for their daily activities. In this project, the scope is limited to HDB 4-room flat bathroom as it is the most common type of housing that Singaporeans lives in. A short study on the latest HDB flat bathroom was investigated to identify the inadequacy of universal usability of current bathroom design. The initial approach is to understand the usability and functional requirement and preference of local people of different functional capability. This understanding was made possible due to the finding of a survey conducted. The analysis result of the survey is further complemented by the guidelines published by Building and Construction Authority of Singapore and Centre for Inclusive Design and Environment Access (IDEA Centre). The layout and design basis is developed based on these guidelines and the proposed design is constructed by 3D Computer-Assisted Design modelling software. After the 3D model is constructed, Universal Design Performance Measures is utilised to evaluate the extent of universal usability of the final bathroom design. The final design managed to free up more space despite the tight space constraints caused by the small 4-square-metres bathroom. The bathroom is also more non-obstructive as need for movement between the toilets and grooming area is significantly reduced in the proposed design. Furthermore, all these improvements are also able to offer able-bodied users greater convenience as multi-tasking is possible in this design.  
Schools: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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