Wonderwall, a house in Thailand by architects SO, is designed to be as open-plan as possible and to meld together indoor and outdoor spaces

Floating Boundaries

The trend towards breaking down the walls surrounding bathrooms and opening up this space – not just to other areas of the home, but to the outside world as well – was not only observable at ISH, but is also confirmed by a series of projects. Our feature article ‘Wild and wet: the new bathrooms getting in touch with nature’ provides more details.

Contents in brief:

  • Event Agenda April–May 2015

  • Architonic Photo Tours: ISH Frankfurt 2015
  • ‘Building the Expo’ at MADE Expo 2015
  • Wild and wet: the new bathrooms getting in touch with nature
  • Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
Inspiring Search Results No. 39: Vanity units
Inspiring Spaces No. 31: Universities
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

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‘Building the Expo’ at MADE Expo 2015

Last week MADE Expo, Italy’s premier building trade fair, took place in Milan. For this edition of MADE, an entirely logical development was to link this year’s fair with Expo 2015, one of the biggest events to take place in the city, which will be opening its doors in one month’s time.

Under the theme 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life', 145 nations are presenting new solutions for the responsible use of food resources. Accordingly, the subject of sustainability has also played a prominent role in the construction of the pavilions themselves. The idea of recycling and re-using relevant materials has been part of the initial design phase onwards. 

Architonic was also at the fair and able to take the opportunity to pay an exclusive visit to the site of Expo 2015. At present, 4,000 construction workers are working at top speed, putting the finishing touches to the pavilions.

Wild and wet: the new bathrooms getting in touch with nature

Text by Dominic Lutyens

It’s a long time since bathrooms were regarded as purely functionalist, private spaces for performing perfunctory, daily ablutions. For the 20 years or so, they’ve been elevated to a potentially communal space people choose to linger in. Take clean-lined, open-plan wet rooms — redolent of hammams and, free of clunky shower screens and trays, appealingly spacious —which are still in vogue today. Or the freestanding bath positioned mid-bedroom, though this looks dated now.

Wonderwall, a house in Thailand by architects SO, is designed to be as open-plan as possible and to meld together indoor and outdoor spaces. One consequence of this is that the bathroom is fully, unapologetically visible from its swimming pool

Today, architects are experimenting with radical ways to make bathrooms porous spaces that blend seamlessly with other areas of the house or with the great outdoors. No other room is associated more strongly with the elements — in this case, water — and by extension with nature, so it’s apt that they’re being designed to flow into neighbouring rooms and even gardens, the latter allowing bathrooms to be naturally ventilated. This link with nature is echoed by the current trend for natural ‘stone, soft lighting, plants and hardwood floors in bathrooms’, notes Philippe Grohe, Head of Axor/Hansgrohe.

Although most rooms in Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa, Japan, have no predetermined function, the bathroom is a permanent fixture. The latter’s transparency reflects the owners’ enthusiasm for communal living, which apparently outweighs any concerns about privacy

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Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’

Textile Facades: State of the Art at Techtextil 2015

Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will open its doors in Frankfurt, Germany, from 4 to 7 May 2015. Besides countless other applications of these products in the context of industrial manufacturing processes, applications for architectural use are only one aspect – but an obviously very attractive one. Some exhibitors’ exemplary reference projects already indicate the sector's enormous range and capability. (Text by Ulrich Büttner)

A high-temperature laboratory for glass and light

The name of both the company and the brand is labo crème brûlée. It's a name which suggests fire and flames, and Christian Seltmann, his wife Tania Theler Seltmann and his brother Philipp are full of burning enthusiasm for their new project. (Text by Ulrich Büttner)

Working It, Living It: Arper's new 'soft-tech' furniture

Premium Italian design brand Arper has made it its job to look at our jobs – the ongoing changes in the where and the how we work – responding with a collection of high-performance furniture designs that don't slack off in the aesthetics department. (Text by Simon Keane-Cowell)

STARON® Hotel Room Doors for the Smart Hotel of the Future

Just as over the past decade online booking systems have simplified the search for the right accommodation for the next holiday or an upcoming business trip, new communication technology combined with innovative materials will in future extend and improve the quality of hotel facilities. (Text by Dr. Sascha Peters)

The Split Collection - goes beyond the limits of wood

Steam has been used for forming wood in Bystřice pod Hostýnem ever since 1861. A new element, created for the very first time due to the application of manual bending technology, is going to be introduced at this year’s Salone del Mobile Fair. Arik Levy designed the Split Collection for TON, utilising bent massive wood splits-offs as both a design and a functional element at the same time. You can now see this collection in Stand C05, in Hall 12.


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