Gentle House

Co-designing with people on the autism spectrum to develop richer, more inclusive spaces.

Investigator

Gentle House is a research project exploring autistic perceptions of space and seeking strategies for designing spaces in a more inclusive way. An initial pilot project involved working with a family of four to redesign parts of their home to accommodate the home-schooling of one of their children, who is aged nine and has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (an autism spectrum condition).

Working closely with the family, we developed a series of prototypes and spatial experiments that explored texture, colour, smell and materiality. Spaces for physical activity and quiet study have been developed to create spaces for physical activity and for individual projects. These initial studies have led to a larger-scale project to transform the house and landscaping to create a home that will continue to meet the family’s evolving needs.