Collection by Andrea Smith

Universal Design: How Accessible Homes Incorporate Ramps


These modern homes were designed with easy access in mind.

A seeded concrete walkway leads from the rear driveway—the entrance used most often—and into the yard.
Boxy white volumes with plenty of glass are the order of the day, with a winding courtyard and a ramp down to the...
The front facade, covered in Minerit HD fiber cement panels, is muted save for a bright-green entrance ramp and red...
Another great move, and one that felt very Barragan, is this ramp that leads out of the entryway upstairs.
A maple tree grows through an ipe deck in the garden that Mary Barensfeld designed for a family in Berkeley, California.
The gradually inclined entrance ramp and open plan help make the house accessible to a range of users.
Farther down on the site is a dock whose ramp is lowered by hand via weight-laden pulleys.
Outdoor meals are a frequent occurrence in good weather.
The entrance is reached via a long ramp perforated by uplights.
A footbridge connects the Floating House to the island.
In a similar scenario, architect Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon devised a layout for Yoon’s parents, Hannah and Jason, in...