Designing for accessibility

Using acoustics to create accessible workspaces

24% of the New Zealand population live with an access need, yet accessibility in workspaces is often overlooked. Creating offices that cater to the needs of everyone increases diversity and workplace satisfaction—benefiting both businesses and staff.

Accessible design: encouraging diversity in the workplace

Accessible design: encouraging diversity in the workplace

An inclusive workplace is defined as one that values their employee’s differences and makes them feel accepted and welcome. While the majority of modern workplaces strive to create an inclusive environment, accessibility often remains an afterthought in workspace design. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to inclusive design, but the goal is to create a space that can be used in a multitude of ways as not to exclude anyone. This means considering the broad spectrum of ways that people interact with the world, and making design decisions that allow for each person to work in the way that is most comfortable and productive for them.

Our case study on the Global Centre of Possibility showcases a highly innovative workplace that has been designed with accessibility at the forefront, and our article on accessible design dives into how acoustics can be used to create inclusive work environments.

Explore the pieces below to learn more about designing for accessibility.

Explore the Global Centre of Possibility with Minnie Baragwanath

Explore the Global Centre of Possibility with Minnie Baragwanath

Following the installation of the custom acoustic mural and Cascade™ Hanging Screens in the Global Centre of Possibility, we sat down with Chief Possibility Officer, Minnie Baragwanath, to talk about her plans for the centre. Minnie touches on why acoustic treatment is so important for accessible spaces, and how her creative vision was brought to life using Etch™, Quietspace® Panel and Vertiface™.

Creating acoustic accessibility for The Global Centre of Possibility

The Global Centre of Possibility’s new head office on AUT University’s Auckland City campus is home to the Possibility Leadership Program, a platform designed to facilitate 12 entrepreneurs who live with access needs in the process of creating a more equitable, accessible future. Acoustics play a big part in accessibility in the workplace as people with vision impairments rely on sound as their primary source of information. In order to create an environment that supports and enables people with different access needs to flourish, the Global Centre of Possibility worked with Autex Acoustics to create a custom acoustic solution for their meeting space.

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