Anthropometry in Building design

Commercial Interior Space Designing-II 4(1+3)

Lesson 5:Public Buildings and Design Process

Anthropometry in Building design

    The study of human body measurements on a comparative basis is known as anthropometrics. Its applicability to the design process is seen in the physical fit, or interface, between the human body and the various components of interior space. These measurements are usually made of a particular sample of the population, and often separated on the basis of sex and age. Typical anthropometric measurements include standing stature, weight, distance between eyes, and circumference around waist. However, sensory abilities may also be measured, such as hearing ability, sight, and the ability to sense touch.

    Anthropometrics are tools for interior designers to aid working out how high or how far an average male or female may reach in relative comfort. These are factors that need to be considered when designing joinery or cabinetry, furniture, planning circulation spaces, work spaces, accessible spaces and to generally make the user comfortable in their interior environment. These anthropometric measurements are taken as per the average human being measurements and the drawings are of human beings performing various functions and movements

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