Beyond - caravan for people with physical disabilities
Smooth lines, modern design and chassis... which touches the ground. Beyond - a concept of caravan for the new times, breaks the standards that can be seen today in caravanning.
The concept consisting of Markus Kurkowski’s thesis, a graduate of the Faculty of Design in Darmstadt (Germany) has been deservedly recognized by the jury of the RedDot Award.
This original project is not only about a great design, but also about the idea. Kurowski’s concept fits in the architectural tendency toward breaking the barriers that could limit people with disabilities.
The student didn’t want only to visualize the idea of a vehicle intended solely for persons in wheelchairs. Quite the contrary! The aim of the project was to prepare a caravan that could become a whole new standard for everybody. If all caravans would look like that, then none of the potential users would be excluded, and people in wheelchairs wouldn’t have to customize their camping vehicles.
You have to admit that the aerodynamic shape of the caravan is pleasing to the eye. However, inside we might feel like in a spacious apartment. The designer took into account that some users will be using wheelchairs and that they have to get to the toilet or use the kitchen in wheelchairs. This requires more space and additional amenities – it will be appreciated not only by people with disabilities.
According to Kurowski’s concept, you can use the countertop in the kitchen, or the table at different heights. All devices can be used both from sitting as well as from standing position. An additional advantage of the project is a large side window that can be raised up, which “opens” the caravan.
Precisely because of the wheelchairs, the chassis can be lowered to the level of the ground. But such solutions are also favorable for the elderly and parents with small children.
Liberation from barriers - this is the basic idea, which accompanied the designer when he was working on his caravan. The author believes that everyone deserves to enjoy holidays, and no illness or disability should be a hindrance.
According to RedDot Award jury, in his project Kurowski has demonstrated some valuable skills of looking forward, paying attention to the aging of the population. With time, more and more people will have to use wheelchairs.
The concept of German student expresses the very essence of good design - it is a small step towards a better world. Makes the holidays more accessible. For all.