At some point, each of us may find ourselves unable to fully access the space around us. It might be through injury or might not; it may be long-lasting or short in duration. It may come early in life, or later but either way, an accessible bathroom will be key.

When we speak about disability and accessibility, most of us think in terms of wheelchair users or the visually impaired. But there are millions more whom, without having any kind of recognised disability, find their daily lives affected by some sort of temporary or permanent limitation in the use of their surroundings. Children, pregnant women, people with obesity or the older population all frequently find themselves affected by a clash between the built environment and their needs. But it is not the individual who has the disability – it is the environment that creates it.

However, as anyone who lived through the years of suitcases without wheels knows, product designs can and do change, and in many cases all it takes is the simplest of alterations to make an everyday product more usable forever after. Sometimes a minor adaptation in the shape, material, colour, dimension or operation of a product can make it vastly more accessible to users who might have otherwise not been able to use it comfortably, or at all. This is especially true in the bathroom, where personal autonomy is crucial. It takes a conscientious selection of bathroom elements to create a space with true Universal Accessibility.

As a society we have a long way to go towards making our environments more accessible – but with each architect keeping accessibility in mind when planning spaces and each designer working towards accessible products to fill them, we’re getting closer all the time.

Sobre PMMT

PMMT Arquitectura, founded by architects Patricio Martinez and Maximià Torruella, is an architecture company specialized in advanced healthcare architecture with high efficiency, health and universal accessibility standards.

Their work has been recognised through multiple national and international awards and mentions. What sets the organization apart is its firm commitment to innovation with a long-term vision.

Their strong belief in a universal design that includes everyone was the basis for their creation of Clear Code Architecture®, a parametric methodology to assess the Universal Accessibility of any built environment.