Mayak center for adaptation of deaf-blind young people
“Mayak” is an extension to the school for deafblind children and created for people 18 and older where they can acquire new spatial experiences in a high-quality comfortable environment. It’s a complex where the patients should have a platform to re-establish their skills of interacting with the outside world in a kind of architectural urban environment simulator. This concept is realized in a number of innovational spatial strategies and approaches, such as tactile navigation panels, models and maps, together with a meticulously organised site full of obstacles and walkways.
Everywhere in the interior spaces the navigation through the complex is executed via the network of tactile routes, allowing for educational interaction with the space. Each block is signified with a specific tactile code made in various finishes. The decryption of the code is expressed in mnemonic models and diagrams available throughout the building. Thus, the complex forms its own unique navigation language designed specifically to assist visually impaired people.
The interior design follows the idea of fluidity and flexibility by employing curved surfaces which are easier to move along. The contrast of forms’ textures and colors helps to orient through the buildings. The main entrance points are highlighted with yellow color, which is the last color in the spectrum discernable to blind people. This streak of yellow is continued all throughout the in-door spaces, too, acting as a beacon marking corridor doors, navigation elements and furniture in workshops’ rooms, together with the main circular route though the complex, also acting as an analogy of a real street in a city.
Convenience and safety are of the main priority in all architectural and interior solutions, so as to create a friendly and inclusive space for all. The territory’ landscape is designed to accommodate for multiple walking routes accompanied by stations for rest and coffee-points. Due to the petal-type plan of the center, the curved surfaces of the building form outside pockets of recreational areas for peaceful contemplation. The external shape of the center is integrated into the contextual architecture of the site echoing the typology of a gable-roof traditional Russian peasant’s house.
|Location||Moscow region, Sergiev Posad, near st. Borderline
|Site area ||8 Ha
|Total area||15 000 sq. m.
|Project Team||Anton Nadtochiy, Vera Butko, Alexey Sorokin, Alina Klitina, Peter Alimov, Svetlana Makarova, Anastasia Metelskaya, Nikita Rybin, Olga Romanova, Ilya Pilyugaev, Ekaterina Kotlova