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The Bathroom Bubble concept represents people’s need of tranquility, solitude and being closer to nature; it’s all about freedom and peace of mind, materialized in the form of a transparent and mobile contemporary bathroom.
This project was first revealed at ISH, The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies in the “Pop Up my Bathroom“ trend. The designers began their project by getting a general opinion about how one’s dream bathroom should be and feel like. After conducting a survey on several groups of people they arrived at the conclusion that most of us desire something more than just a luxurious interior design; the general opinion was that what most bathrooms lack is a view and not revealing the city and the traffic but much more likely a garden or a balcony, in other words, nature. The designers took these ideas to a different level, setting new boundaries in bathroom design. We previously featured a similar project describing a nothing but glass house, evoking the same freedom: The Santambrogio Milano Glass Houses: Living Without Boundaries.
Our society evolves daily in terms of technology, industry and design. The contemporary bathroom, the most intimate place in our homes should evolve with it and become a modern bathroom, generated by modern concepts and trends. Some people might be a bit skeptical about it but before they define their opinion, they should imagine the awesome feeling of having the most relaxing shower after a hard day at work and be able to glance at the big blue skies at the same time, feeling totally free, without worries. This is what this concept is all about.
“It’s not the style that constitutes a “Bathroom Bubble” but the interplay of all the various design elements.”
Here are some more details from the designers from Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft:
“As a virtually timeless, intimate place, the bathroom provides a welcome change to a culture of permanent representation in which we are accustomed to constantly defining our image via our appearance, our work, our style and our consumption. Today, public perception of that image is also increasingly focusing on our choice of a home and how we design it. Besides shaping the opinion our friends have of us, our home also affects how we are seen by the wider circle of acquaintances and colleagues that we are increasingly admitting to our private world. This long-term development is being driven by several factors: the relocation of a large part of our social life to our homes, the increasingly blurred borders between our private and working lives and the spread of the home office. In future, furnishing the bathroom as a final place of retreat and designing it as a cozy space will thus become even more important to our personal wellbeing.
Bathroom Bubble” creates boundaries in an environment where the boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred.
And yet it is not a question of opposites, of the contrast between areas of retreat and presentation. It has more to do with the idea of a space within a space, a capsule beneath the outer shell, as protected as the smallest figure in a set of nesting dolls. Accordingly, the design of the bathroom can certainly be based on the same representation requirements as the rest of the home. It isn’t just that, even here, the user applies the highest standards of comfort and aesthetics in order to enjoy the time he spends here himself – he also wants his beautiful bathroom to be a demonstration of sophisticated bathing culture. For here too, it’s not just the family who are granted access, but an inner circle of friends and acquaintances as well; they too should feel at home here. Everything that applies to our home in general also applies to the bathroom: we want it to represent both ourselves and our self-image.”
Due to the fact that it’s perfectly able to be moved, it can be set anywhere, offering whatever picture and environment the owner wishes to be in. Even the top of a mountain would be possible. The only setback is that it lacks the toilet due to the fact that unlike a usual bathroom,it cannot offer the same privacy and intimacy. This is fact a serious problem but some people do not have the same intimacy standards as most of us and wouldn’t find this a drawback to enjoy spending some time with themselves among trees or on the roof of a building.
Considering that this is a concept and it means to enlarge people’s horizons about bathroom design, I believe it is truly a genuine idea, unique and intriguing at the same time. They could start selling it even in this form but only if they solve the intimacy issues many which many people would find as a big drawback. Apart from that the project is very intriguing and I sure hope it will be available in stores.
Photo courtesy to Constantin Meyer