Airport seating for visually impaired and blind users
This bench has been designed for the seating area of an airport. It would be placed near the departure gates.
This bench is directed for the use of two people waiting for their flight.
The most interesting part of this object is the middle arm where an informative panel is laid offering directions, the location of flight information, toilets and departing gates. This arm is also the main point which leads to conversation, communication and socializing between the users, making in this way the time go faster while talking to somebody and making from the act of waiting a memorable experience instead of having a feeling of discontent or wasted time.
The other two arms are part of the structure which helping the user to stand up.
This sturdy, rectangular structure made out of plywood and steel is an easy object to navigate around for blind and visually impaired users thanks to it shape and sound reflectors materials. The chosen materials are wood because is a natural and warm and steel because visually impaired and blind people navigate within the space by echolocation using their auditory cues and by phone apps.
The bench generates a comfortable and ergonomic shape with a sloping curved back and seat. The wooden parts also offer a sensorial experience to the user that reduces the stress thanks to grated cheese like feeling.