The Role of Architecture and Ergonomics on Shaping the Domestic Kitchen

  • Przemyslaw NowakowskiEmail author
  • Jerzy Charytonowicz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9737)


Acquiring of knowledge concerning problematic aspects of household chores, in particular complex kitchen chores, as well as dining culture can influence the possibility of shaping more optimal living conditions. It is a completion of ergonomic design of particular zones of home. The household living space can be divided into the leisure area (together with rooms and potential outdoor areas) and service area, with kitchen and bathroom. The needs connected with regaining strength needed for further work activities are fulfilled the leisure space, while the service area is designed to complement the functions of the leisure area. However strict appointing of areas for leisure, work and auxiliary activities is often impossible. It is caused, among others, by a necessity of performing such diverse activities as: cleaning works, taking care of children, preserving optimal microclimate conditions.

Concentration on those issues serves as an evaluation of the role of the kitchen in the housing structure, as well as in the daily lives of the householders. Modern housing and real estate market offer houses with diverse programmes and functional and spatial layouts. Nowadays, a kitchen area is planned in every house and flat. However, there are several variants provided: a separate kitchen, a kitchen area joined onto the living room or a small partial kitchen. Despite the functional programme of houses and kitchens, house chores have and still constitute a significant share of daily life of householders. Moreover they are necessary in order to fulfill basic existential needs as well as higher needs (e.g. social integration by activation of members of household).


Ergonomics History of architecture Housing Domestic kitchen Kitchen design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureWroclaw University of TechnologyWroclawPoland

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