In a society that focuses mostly on the visual, we want to explore how the lack of sight can actually be seen as a benefit to experience the world instead of a disadvantage. We believe that if we take the needs of people with visual impairment as our guideline, it will give us a more connected relationship to sensory experiences to all types of users which we think are lacking in contemporary architecture.
Our proposal, a Cultural Centre, includes exhibition galleries, workshops, restaurant/café, outdoor performance space, auditorium and offices. We imagine the building to begin to become a space where the creativity in all types of users can unfold through interactive art that speaks to your senses. The reason why we choose to work with art as the binding element is because art is another subject that is still progressing in including people with disabilities. We want to move away from the traditional “ do not touch” type of art into a more “ please touch the art” approach.