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Ottawa architect designs 'sponge house' for children with special needs

When a six-year-old girl with cerebral palsy asked for a house that she can't hurt herself in, an Ottawa architect and her team came to the rescue.

Home designed with rounded edges, soft surfaces helps prevent injuries

When a six-year-old girl with cerebral palsy asked for a house in which she won't hurt herself, an Ottawa architect and her team came to the rescue. 1:57

When a six-year-old girl with cerebral palsy asked for a house that she can't hurt herself in, an Ottawa architect and her team came to the rescue.

Sonia Zouari and her team came up with a house full of rounded edges and cushioned surfaces, as well as therapeutic open spaces, textures, smells and sounds to stimulate the brain.

Zouari was inspired by her two-year-old daughter, who has a rare genetic disease with symptoms similar to cerebral palsy.

Find out more about the "sponge house" in the video player above.

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