Acessible architecture and framing in the biosphere network
What is rural tourism?
It is understood by rural tourism the modality of tourism promotes with more proximity the contact with the nature, agriculture and local traditions through the lodging in a familiar and rural environment. Having this premise well established as an objective, Mjarc arquitectos decided to think globally, so that all people would have the same opportunity and access to this close contact with the environment.
Problems in rural tourism
The most common needs for rural tourism are:
- Difficult displacement in the environment;
- Rural houses not accessible;
- Preservation of the environment;
Biosphere Village - Emergence of the Concept
This concept consists in the creation of a partnership with the Alfandega da Fé Municipality in the creation of a proper way of life based on collective memories and eclectic activities, developing the transdisciplinary and transversal concept of all matters of the biosphere.
This rehabilitation process brings to the Biosphere Village a series of solutions available for people with disabilities and/or specific needs. Mjarc arquitectos has thought of developing a set of technical solutions that ensure accessibility in different spatial compositions such as ramps in the exterior spaces or automatic mechanisms on the interior stairs for people with motor limitations. In addition to this set of proposals, there was a concern to differentiate the pedestrian paths of the various seating areas, both interior and exterior, through the use of materials with different textures, to facilitating tourist mobility with visual limitations.
- The type cut in the project proposal refers to the absence of bumps or steps in the transition of pavements and accesses;
- Use of materials with different colors and textures for people with motor or visual limitations;
- Accessibility maps of the various areas that make up the village of Felgueiras;
- Some walls will be requalified and presented bank solutions as a function complement or punctually, the placement of handrails or the most difficult obstacles;
- Assistance in the most difficult journeys and support in the transport;
- Throughout the course, natural resources will be explored to identify through smells, sound and touch;
- Public lighting through specific contrasts;
- Availability of accessibility and mobility support products such as: Walking sticks; guide dogs; lanterns
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