Rebekka Kristín Morrison is one of the BA Architecture graduates 2014 of the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.
According to the architect,
My client is a 34 year old single mother of an 8 year old boy. Her son has Cerebral Palsy, mentally he´s like a 10 month old baby. He does not speak, is on the autism spectrum and walks with the support of a wheelchair. The mothers´ only option is to put him into a home for the disabled as she lacks the facilities to take care of him. They have very little social life, she is his sole caregiver and he demands a lot of attention.
Because of their situation, they spend most of their time together at home during evenings and weekends. The son enjoys being outside and being around other children playing, so along with designing a home where she could take care of her son safely and conveniently, it was also important to bring the outside world into their home and surroundings.
I analyzed their schedule and saw that their life is a constant routine so I wanted the house to function as a cycle so there was no going back, just forward with the day and with life. Since boundaries were very important I used sliding doors and stairs to compartmentalize spaces. The stairs would then both work as boundaries for the son and as rehab where the mother uses them to encourage him stepping up and down with her help.
The house offers safety, oversight and flexibility to their changed conditions as well as giving the mother a peace of mind as well as the option to have him stay at home.
This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.
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Images by Rebekka Kristín Morrison