Shenton Park House was designed as a maximum independent living environment for a young single professional with a severe mobility impairment. The house was carefully planned to provide separate private zones and flexible living spaces to facilitate the special requirements of the owner. The owner requested that the house was not to have an institutional feel. Rather, the house was designed to feel and look like a ‘normal’ house that sits comfortably in its urban context. The residence is a fully automated house with all electronics controlled through a personal voice activated computer that controls the user’s environment, from operating the security system to opening a blind or closing the door.
The design provides accessibility in a subtle but not obvious manner and is an excellent model for all residential buildings, winning a Universal Design Award in 2004.