In renovating the 90-square-foot kitchen of a Boston apartment, architect Chris Greenawalt drew upon both spatial and material solutions to create a pleasing and wheelchair-accessible space to accommodate all three of its tenants.
Italian kitchen company Snaidero set out in 2002 to create an attractive kitchen system that would meet the needs of individuals in wheelchairs. The result: the Skyline kitchen. Snaidero found that pull-out shelves make it easier for individuals in wheelchairs to reach items and that rounded edges (as opposed to square corners) increase the area that the person can access and use.
This house in Baltimore is outfitted with a number of universal-design features, including drop-down mechanisms for the kitchen counters and cooktop from Freedom Lift Systems, to support a wheelchair-wielding resident.
A renovation helped a family in Seattle with two wheelchair users better navigate around the kitchen. The island, outfitted with a gas cooktop from Fisher, has a new surface that extends to an adjacent workspace, beneath which is plenty of clearance for wheelchairs or stools.