At every phase of the development of Dokk1, accessibility has been given high priority. This applies to physical accessibility, interior design, furnishings and fittings, and not least to the use of new technology.
Special attention has been paid to allergy sufferers, wheelchair users, people with prams and strollers and people who have visual, hearing, mobility, or other functional impairments.
In the planning of Dokk1, the underground parking and the waterfront spaces, attention has been paid to details such as: accessible routes, means of access, wayfinding, pedestrian movement, safety, functional aids, resting places, plants and lighting.
Elevators and doors
- Three extra wide elevators at the entrance suited to wheelchair users.
- Two external elevators from Level 0 to Level 1.
- Four evacuation elevators reserved for wheelchair users and mobility impaired people. They are identified by a pictogram.
- Escalator from Level 0 to Level 1.
- The revolving entrance door is flanked by conventional doors with automatic openers.
- Selected internal doors are fitted with automatic openers.
- Vertical handles on many doors make them easy to open for people of all sizes.
- Four handicap toilets on Levels 1 and 2, one of them with a person lift.
- On each Level, one of the handicap toilets is an automatic shower toilet with built-in wash and dry.
Getting around in the building
- Accessible routes within the building are at least 180 cm wide. These routes will always be kept free of furnishings, so that blind or sight impaired people will find it easier to become familiar with the building.
- The media ramp has both stairs and inclines, providing a visible progression all the way up from Level 1 to Level 2. The stairs have user-friendly handrails at two heights.
- A small ramp on Level 2 provides wheeled access to the different floor levels in the area.
- The library shelves are at least 150 cm apart, allowing a wheelchair user and a person on foot to pass each other.
- There are no door sills at the entrance to rooms in the building.
Differences in height
- At the Information Desk, the Citizens Service, the stand-up computer stations and in the café, counter heights are adapted to wheelchair users.
- The height of the book-drop slots on Levels 0 and 1 is adapted to wheelchair users.
- The wayfinding screens are at two different heights.
- In the case of fire and the need to evacuate the building, audio and visual warning devices are used. Blinking yellow lamps in the ceiling and a message over the loudspeakers warn that the building is to be evacuated.
- Permanent hearing loop systems are installed around Levels 1 and 2.
- A pre-recorded voice in the elevators announces which floor one has arrived at.
- A lot of work has been done on the acoustics of the building as a whole, to absorb sound and reduce reverberation as much as possible.
- All concrete floors have nonslip surfaces.
- There are a number of designated quiet areas furnished, for example, with an aquarium and ear-flap armchairs.
- One room (The Box) has been fitted with a rubber floor and is sound insulated from the rest of the library, which means it can be used for noisy activities.
- There are both open and more intimate rooms, so people can choose what they need.
- The interior design plan includes fixed accessible routes through the building, so that people can easily learn how to get around.
- Many types of furniture have been used: of different heights, with a variety of upholstery, with and without armrests.
- Allergy-friendly plants have been used in the hanging gardens.
- The wayfinding colour is white. All directional signs and screens are in shades of white.
- Signage uses both pictograms and text. Wayfinding is both analogue and digital, and there are markers around the building to help you get your bearings from a distance.