Home4US: Universal Studio

Universal Studio is a housing solution to differently abled population by fostering creativity and offering private space, designed to reduce access obstacle through transformative furniture, and guidance texture, providing optimal control and agency.


“Access is a civil right”

According to the NYC MOPD (Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities), listing service filters by “wheelchair access.” A search found only 345 accessible rentals in Manhattan, out of 11,987 apartments, or about 3 percent. More than one billion people – approximately 15 percent of the global population – experience some form of disability. And especially around 11% of the total population live in NYC. anyone can become a member of the disability community at any point in their life. People can develop a physical disability because of an accident, illness, or simply, old age.

Design problems of typical apartment

The limited living space in most apartments, often translates to smaller apartment doorways and bathrooms not sized to fit wheelchairs and walkers in New York aren’t considerate for disabled people.

This means that residents requiring these types of aids must be able to afford additionally needed space (i.e. more expensive) apartments. Further, people with disabilities must also consider a housing’s proximity to public transportation, while keeping in mind that few subway stations are accessible. 



 I learned Focusing on touch, in particular, can enhance the tactile experience for the students and promote a better understanding of their surroundings. Incorporating different textures and materials into the design can provide sensory stimuli that support the development and awareness of touch.

Providing ample space for activities is another key consideration. Sufficient space allows for greater mobility and independence, enabling students to navigate the environment with ease. 


Many considerations must be made when considering the day to day lives of those living with disabilities. The crucial aspects that need to be addressed are spacious access circulation, personal care areas, and life management areas that are free from obstacles.

Imagine Close Chuck and Frida Khalo living in the Studio. They wake up in the morning and start the day painting as life management and go to the  rehabilitation centers as personal care.




A Section

Variety in Movement: The ability to rotate the canvas offers a range of perspectives for users, encouraging them to experiment with activities, movements, and poses. This variety can contribute to a more diverse and creative pole dance routine.

Adaptability: Blind individuals may have unique preferences for how they experience and interact with their environment. A rotating canvas/ Pole provides adaptability, allowing users to customize their experience based on their preferences and creative vision.

B Section

Space Optimization: A lifting bed typically refers to a bed frame that can be raised, creating storage space underneath the bed. also Bed Frame structure part of the bookshelf concealed folding desk useful in smaller living spaces.

Concealed Resting Area for dog: When the bookshelf goes up, The space under the bookshelf can be created into a sleeping area for service dogs. Considering when the user doesn’t have a pet it can be converted parking lots for wheelchair users as well 

C Section

Textured wall: A “30” height textured wall” generally refers to a wall surface that has a distinct texture or pattern, providing a tactile and sensual element to the overall design of a space. 

Tactile Patterns: Integrate raised or indented patterns on the walls to create a tactile language. These patterns could include bumped geometric shapes, textures, or even patterns that convey information needs to be communicated about the  function of space

Grab bar: Enhanced Safety, and recovering: Continuous grab bars and bathroom grab bars offer a consistent and reliable source. for individuals with mobility challenges, and balance issues. The continuous nature of the grab bar provides a sense of security reducing the risk of falls and accidents. Continuous grab bars promote home recovery by encouraging walking without assistive devices, providing constant support, and allowing individuals to perform daily activities independently.



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