IKEA Models Universal Design in Singapore


IKEA thinks that Universal Design reflects family values - and drives sales. The Building & Construction Authority, Singapore Institute of Architects, and the Handicaps Welfare Association agree.

Going beyond barrier-free access to be more inclusive and pro-family – that is what Swedish furniture giant IKEA has done at its Tampines outlet.

And this has helped it clinch top honours at the first-ever Building & Construction Authority (BCA) Universal Design Awards for the Built Environment in Singapore.

The authorities say going beyond barrier-free access to be more inclusive benefits not only the consumer.

"The wider cross section of the population would be able to visit the buildings. That, in turn, would bring about higher turnover, in terms of sales and services ... provided by the building owner and the tenants within the building," says Wong Wai Ching, Director, BCA.

Congratulations to a forward-thinking retailer for winning this first annual award. Bring this design with you arond the world!



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