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The idea at the basis of the project was to delimit a functional space while minimizing the visual impact of the structural elements, using glass as the material of choice.
Glass has structural capacities that make it capable of being used as a load‐bearing member as well as a vertical partition.
One aspect in particular distinguishes this object/collection, the omission of a constant feature of
traditional sliding door showers - the runner. Instead of the runner, there is nothing, or rather the slotted hole along which the door’s top roller runs.
The minimalist concept underlying the project is softened by the design that characterizes the enclosure door. These “graphic” elements give shape to the imaginary plane on which the movement takes place. The small steel roller at the top slides over the glass as if skimming over water, and water is all you see of the surface when you’re in the shower — water, a small “atoll” and an image resembling a wave, given by the shape of the door.
The apparent simplicity of the final product conceals the technical/stylistic work that went into the design of a functional item such as a sliding‐door shower. Having the door slide over the glass minimizes the gap between the two glass panels, ensuring excellent water‐tightness even without applying plastic seals. The bottom runner prevents water from escaping from below without requiring any additional sealing. The motif that characterizes the door is not only ornamental but has the function of reducing the overlap between the two panels, making them easier to clean. As a further benefit, the enclosure is easy to assemble, as it consists of very few parts.
“Less is more...”
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