The rising number of elderly and people with special needs underlines the importance of making public places more accessible. A spectacular set of glass-encased elevator and elevated walkway has been created by architecture studio Vaumm in order to improve access between the new and historic centers of Spanish town Hernani.
Both the old and new parts of Hernani’s town centre are separated by a steep grassy bank dividing the historic center at the top from a sports complex and a medical centre. This created problems that were difficult to negotiate for some older residents. In order to improve the connection to the newly developed part of town, San Sebastian-based architecture studio Vaumm created a new metal-framed structure incorporating a lift, staircase and an elevated walkway. According to statement from the chief architect Iñigo García Odiaga, “The new infrastructure (including the elevator and the foot