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Musholm sports resort ramps up accessibility

Musholm sports resort ramps up...
The newly-expanded Musholm, which is located in Korsør, Denmark, opened on October 1
The newly-expanded Musholm, which is located in Korsør, Denmark, opened on October 1
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The newly-expanded Musholm, which is located in Korsør, Denmark, opened on October 1
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The newly-expanded Musholm, which is located in Korsør, Denmark, opened on October 1
The buiding containing the sports hall at Musholm is circular and features a 100-m (328-ft) spiralling ramp is wrapped around the outside
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The buiding containing the sports hall at Musholm is circular and features a 100-m (328-ft) spiralling ramp is wrapped around the outside
The extension to Musholm was designed by architects AART
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The extension to Musholm was designed by architects AART
A 100-m (328-ft) spiralling ramp is wrapped around the outside of the circular sports hall
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A 100-m (328-ft) spiralling ramp is wrapped around the outside of the circular sports hall
The facades on the hall and holiday homes are covered with larch wood
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The facades on the hall and holiday homes are covered with larch wood
The floors, walls and ceiling in the sports hall are covered with ash wood
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The floors, walls and ceiling in the sports hall are covered with ash wood
The sports hall features a climbing wall with an integrated pulley that can assist those with disabilities
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The sports hall features a climbing wall with an integrated pulley that can assist those with disabilities
The long ramp and staircases are designed for use as training facilities, as well as means of moving around the building
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The long ramp and staircases are designed for use as training facilities, as well as means of moving around the building
The sports hall is located at the center of the resort and is surrounded by holiday homes
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The sports hall is located at the center of the resort and is surrounded by holiday homes
The holiday homes all have motorized lifts for accessibility, which can remain hidden if not needed
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The holiday homes all have motorized lifts for accessibility, which can remain hidden if not needed
The holiday homes all feature automatic doors, curtains and windows
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The holiday homes all feature automatic doors, curtains and windows
The sports hall is located at the center of the resort and is surrounded by holiday homes
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The sports hall is located at the center of the resort and is surrounded by holiday homes
The newly-expanded Musholm, which is located in Korsør, Denmark, opened on October 1
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The newly-expanded Musholm, which is located in Korsør, Denmark, opened on October 1

An extension of the Musholm sports and holiday resort for people with disabilities is said to have made it one of the most accessible in the world. It has a new multi-purpose hall and 24 new holiday homes. Access routes, wayfinding, lighting and facilities have all been designed with accessibility in mind.

Project architects AART says much of its design was based on discussions with existing and future users of Musholm, which is located in Korsør, Denmark. It also says that it designed the accessibility features not necessarily as standalone elements, but as integrated elements that can inspire and challenge users.

An example of this approach is the 100-m (328-ft) spiralling ramp that is wrapped around the outside of the circular sports hall. This provides access to the building and ultimately leads all the way up to a sky lounge that offers panoramic views of the nearby sea and the surrounding area. In addition, though, it can be used a training tool and a means of challenging visitors.

The ramp has spaces for users to stop and rest, while a staircase and elevator provide alternative means of moving around the building. The staircase also doubles as a training facility.

The sports hall features a climbing wall with an integrated pulley that can assist those with disabilities
The sports hall features a climbing wall with an integrated pulley that can assist those with disabilities

Intelligently designed wayfinding is employed to help people navigate the resort. There is a large map at the main entrance to the resort with tactile explanations and several other such maps dotted around the resort. Users can scan the maps to receive a digital version on their smartphone.

Lighting is also used to provide direction around Musholm and is placed close at hand so as to help direct visually impaired visitors. In spaces used for meeting and conversations, the lighting is brighter to assist those who need to lip-read.

The sports hall is located at the center of the resort and is surrounded by the holiday homes. Among its features is a climbing wall with an integrated pulley that can assist those with disabilities.

The holiday homes all have motorized lifts for accessibility, which can remain hidden if not needed
The holiday homes all have motorized lifts for accessibility, which can remain hidden if not needed

The homes all have motorized lifts for accessibility, which can remain hidden if not needed. They also feature automatic doors, curtains and windows, while all beds can be raised to support occupants for reading and TV viewing.

All toilets around the resort have pictograms on the door to indicate the toilet type and its suitability for different access requirements and conditions. Some are also fitted with elevating sinks, toilets and ceiling lifts.

The newly-expanded Musholm opened on Oct. 1.

Sources: AART, Musholm

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