Diploma 2018: "Sense & Disability" by Alvild Fjell Sundal

Tutors: Andre Fontes (APP), Eva Kun (DAV), Harald Røstvik (Sustainability), Anne Sofie H. Bjelland (TTA)


In this diploma project I worked with shared housing solutions for intellectually disabled in Bergen. I have studied what works well and not so well in some selected existing shared housing facilities for intellectually disabled, where village communities are few, the municipality builds very few new housing projects for this group, and where parent-initiated projects are in majority when it comes to new projects. I explore a future living that works better than today’s somewhat random parent-oriented projects. Intellectually disabled individuals rarely move houses, due to rules by Husbanken, and the large shortage of apartments offered by the municipality, and they often live at the same address both as young and old. What does a low degree of mobility demand of housing for this group? After having done fieldwork in different housing solutions for intellectually disabled in Norway, I connected the knowledge and experience of individuals with intellectual disability, their parents, and the municipality and their staff in order to develop a sustainable, shared housing. The thread in my work are architectural qualities that can enhance shared housing for intellectually disabled individuals, with a focus on senses; the senses of vision, hearing, smell, and tactility.


Section of four private units


Photo of model in 1:50


Photo from exhibition


(photo credit: Alvilde Fjell Sundal)