Visu Centric Living Room

  • Visu Centric Living Room
    Living Room designed for the Deaf

    Graduation Exhibit/Thesis by:
    Ana Celina Bantug, Patricia Gomez, Cristine Lagasca, Sieg Ramos and Francesca Tingcungco


         There is a known concept in Deaf culture, stating that there are two worlds present in
    society—the EARth and the EYEth. On EARth, where people depend on hearing and speaking
    to communicate, EYEth offers a world where hearing and speaking is no longer necessary.
    EYEth provides an effective deaf space that is highly visual-centered and offers the Deaf a
    visu-centric way of orienting with the world around them.Thus, the group designed a living
    room that is curved for a barrier-free atmosphere where everyone and everything is seen.
    This provides easier communication via sign language and allows the Deaf to see each other
    in the room while interacting.

              The Deaf adapted the ability to feel sound vibrations hence a collage of flat squares using
    different materials aids the vibrations to reflect on the other side of the room. The group also
    used wood to help the Deaf feel vibrations coming from other parts of the house. To be
    effective for both the Deaf and hearing, a lighting system that works simultaneously with the
    sounds produced by devices that are auditory in nature like doorbells, telephones and alarms
    were added and placed on the wall niches. By adding mirrors, the Deaf have a sense of
    awareness and security even without hearing anything. By choosing a more stylized design,
    where cut mirrors are arranged artistically, it reduced the chance of interference with the line
    of sight when the Deaf communicate. Indirect lighting is more appreciated by the Deaf since
    their vision is more sensitive. Additionally, diffused natural light comes through big and high
    windows. For safety reasons, big windows also enable an accessible way for the Deaf to see
    and be seen even from the outside. A gradual contrast between light and dark colors gives
    great help to the Deaf in seeing sign language; therefore, the group balanced the light colors
    with brown shades and earth tones particularly in the furniture to provide a comfortable
    ambiance. The goal of the group was to provide a living room, which accommodates both the
    Deaf and the hearing. Using different design elements aided by the Deaf Space Principles of
    architecture, they achieved this goal by creating a well-designed space that gives the Deaf
    the ability to perfwww.behance.netgroup put into reality the concept of EYEth in this
    small space and has the living room functioning and utilized fully.
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Actual Design
    Photo by: Howell Santiago
  • Detailed Shot
    Photo By: John Daniel Garcia