Scandic wins Norwegian Accessibility Innovation Prize

The Norwegian Design Council is the body behind the launch of a new 
Norwegian prize to reward innovative, user-friendly accessibility solutions. 
Scandic Oslo Airport was the winner in the Furniture and Interior category 
and therefore automatically nominated for the Innovation Design Prize 
2011. It was announced on November 18 that Scandic Oslo Airport also 
won by the main prize - The Innovation Prize! 

The prize recognises those who have innovatively and creatively developed 
products, services and environments that contribute towards a more inclusive 
society and the award is made on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Children, 
Equality and Social Inclusion. The prize was awarded today at a special event at 
DogA (the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture). 

"It's important to us that everyone is able to enjoy their stay at Scandic hotels, 
whatever their special needs are. To improve accessibility, we are working on this 
aspect every day in all our hotels. We have even had our own Disability 
Ambassador since 2003," says Scandic Norway's CVP Svein Arild Steen-Mevold


The jury says: 

- With Scandic Oslo Airport hotel, Scandic shows how modern architecture and 
design can be combined with a universal design approach. In this project, good, 
sustained quality in the design of products, the interior, the architecture and 
functional solutions produces universal design at a high level. 

Scandic is the only hotel chain today to have incorporated consideration for all user 
groups into its business strategy and Scandic Oslo Airport sets a new standard in 
the integration of universal design. The jury considers that the hotel is a fantastic, 
iconic project because it shows that competitive advantage and increased 
profitability can be attained by focusing holistically on the inclusion of all types of 
guest. The hotel epitomises quality. The design stigmatises no one and the building 
is welcoming and elegant. All guests are accommodated well and included. 

Everyone is equal and can participate equally in all contexts. The hotel has been 
designed well for guests with impaired vision, hearing and mobility, with good 
accessibility, visual alarms, telephones with induction loops, systems for charging 
electric wheelchairs and much more besides. 

The interior is also designed with people with environmental diseases in mind, i.e. 
asthma, allergies or hypersensitivities. 


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