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Mood Sanitary Line

The bathroom is a space in itself.

Surprisingly, bathrooms have undergone very few changes since their “invention” in the 19th century. After the incorporation of the lavatory, they quickly evolved into a space with tiled walls and floors (otherwise, very similar to any other room) with porcelain toilets. 

From this simple definition began a “process” of bathroom design in which architects, or their clients, selected, on the one hand, the ceramic tiles for the walls and floor, and on the other hand, the accessories to be installed on both surfaces. Nowadays, sanitary lines (and accessories related to them) are selected from a huge range of products, thus creating a “pick ’n mix” approach, but nonetheless the spatial configuration has long remained unchanged.

Our concept revolves around the integration the wall surface and the embedded ceramic elements, the two key components in the bathroom environment. Our intention is to create a small, individual space for each of the sanitary elements: bathtub, sink, and toilet. The ceramic elements are standard and restrained, while the auxiliary elements present an enormous flexibility in terms of design and optional bathroom fittings (storage, towel racks, mirrors, etc.). Developing this concept, we found not just one solution, but the key to an infinite range of options.

Therefore, our analysis has focused on the possibility of radically changing the perception and architectural composition of bathrooms, principally wondering if by merging the two fields in which Porcelanosa and Noken are experienced, we could contribute to reinventing the product.

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The bathroom as a space in itself

DATA SHEET

Place/Date: Madrid, 2005-2008
Client: Noken, Porcelanosa Grupo
Budget: Confidential
Surface: Not available
Arquitects: Vidal + Asociados architects / RSH + Partners
Contributors: Not available
Project Status: On sale
Team: Carlos Peña - Luis Vidal - Nick Axel - Richard Rogers - Simon Smithson