Is this accessible interim accommodation better than some permanent housing?

Summer Foundation has unveiled a prototype for accessible interim accommodation in Melbourne. The self contained unit features ramp access and adjustable height benches as well as voice controls powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.

Called the ‘Rapid Interim Housing Prototype’, Summer Foundation has highlighted the concept as an solution for helping people avoid prolonged stays in hospital or transfer to aged care for those who have experienced an acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury. While intended as interim accommodation, the concept offers design and functionality that would rival many permanent homes.

Feedback on the accessible housing concept

The general public has been able to view the concept on display in the inner Melbourne suburb of Carlton. The Foundation has captured some of their reflections and feedback in the video below.

Building an accessible house unit

Primarily built from prefabricated components, the unit is designed to be quickly deployed and assembled where it is needed. You can see how the Rapid Interim Housing Prototype was put together in a night in the below time lapse video.

What do you think of this concept?

There is a significant shortfall of accessible housing across Australia. This creates substantial risks for people with disability and senior Australians being forced into Aged Care facilities due to inappropriate housing. That is why we are excited to see innovation in this space and share it with you. But what do you think of this concept? Let us know your thoughts.

Accessible housing kitchen
Accessible housing kitchen

Accessible housing living space
Accessible housing bedroom
Accessible bathroom
Wide angle view


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