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Schüco Italia and Lo Spirito di Stella: record of attendance on the accessible catamaran

Schüco Italia and Lo Spirito di Stella: record of attendance on the accessible catamaran

Schüco Italia and Lo Spirito di Stella: record of attendance on the accessible catamaran

With a closing conference dedicated to universal design, the exciting tour 2018 of the “Lo Spirito di Stella” catamaran, the first boat in the world completely accessible to people with disabilities, has circumnavigated for six months. Italy disseminating the principles of Universal Design, a design methodology that promotes an architecture accessible to everyone. Schüco Italia has enthusiastically supported the cultural aims of this initiative, involving on board its network of designers and customers of Premium Partners to give them an all-round experience aimed at expanding the vision of design and putting forward the important issue of architectural barriers.

“The theme that this year has accompanied the navigation of the catamaran” The Spirit of Stella “- comments Roberto Brovazzo, General Manager of Schüco Italy – perfectly fits our vision of design, this is why participation in this initiative seemed to us a choice natural. The many stages covered during the six months of navigation have allowed us to bring 90 Premium Partner window frames and 61 design professionals onboard, thus sensitizing the value of accessibility to those who work every day to shape the spaces in which we live. The creation of “universal” environments, that is, comfortable and safe for every possible user, presupposes an attitude that is as open and available as possible: this is the reason why on this trip we considered fundamental the involvement of the world of architecture and window frames, called to respond not only to the needs of today, but also to the needs of future generations “.

The last stage of the long journey of “The Spirit of Stella” was the Barcolana of Trieste, one of the most important international sailing regattas. For the occasion, Schüco Italia involved the entire audience of the event to discover Universal Design and future housing technologies, aimed at creating living and working environments within the reach of every possible user, be it an adult, a child, a elder or a person with motor or sensory disabilities.

“The world of doors and windows – concludes Roberto Brovazzo – has a fundamental role in creating accessible environments, just think of the technologies that facilitate the handling of window frames, such as home automation systems and access control systems, or solutions that facilitate travel from an environment to the other of the house, such as floor-level (zero-level) or lowered thresholds. The evolution of lifestyles, from housing mobility to the progressive aging of the population, is already influencing the development of contemporary living and the world of design, in all its infinite technical variations, must be ready culturally and technologically to respond to these changes”.

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