Sensory Play Space
Publications: “Autistic Imaginaries of Architectural Space: the World through an Autistic Lens" at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Palazzo Bembo, as part of the Time Space Existence curation by the European Culture Centre.
Statement of DesignSensory design is deeply considered for the redesigned space that will serve as a recreation room for children to engage in various activities. For young guests with ASD, the center recognizes multiple methods of engagement and separation when needed. Sensory Play Space is an area that is inclusive to all children.
By using a minimalist approach, the theme can be beneficial for everyone. The neutral environment uses simple geometric forms and a gentle color palette. This children’s center provides comfort with smaller spatial volumes and private rooms for a change in the background if desired.
Opposite the outdoor playground, the private (escape) spaces are separated from high-stimulus areas. Acoustics play a big part in some triggering factors for those with ASD and are acknowledged in the room. A vital tool in applying a thoughtful layout to the project was using The Autism ASPECTSS™ Design Index established by Magda Mostafa, Ph.D. In 2014, Dr. Mostafa was awarded the International Union of Architects (UIA) Architecture for All Research Award at the UIA World Congress for composing the ASPECTSS™ system.