This 1995 image depicted a example of a Japanese-styled bathroom, in which several bathing fixtures have been combined into a single small space, which could be used in three major ways: as a tub in which to soak; as a shower bench on which to sit; and as a curbless wet area into which one who uses a wheelchair could roll. The space could accommodate people of vastly different degrees of mobility without the need for further modification. This design also showed that the inclusion of such accommodating features need not detract from the design's aesthetic appeal, and actually could prove to enhance the look and feel of such an environment.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
November 2, 2012
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