A "fold-away" shower
New form of partition opens up additional space in the bathroom
Following its successful work in the area of bathing and floating, the Vienna-based EOOS design group has now applied its expertise to showers for the first time on behalf of Duravit. Seeking at the same time to relieve the strain on the space available in the bathroom, they have designed "OpenSpace" – a shower partition which can be folded away after use, transforming it into a discreet wall panel which tidily conceals tap fittings, shower attachments, shower gels and shampoos. In addition to creating a more spacious feel, this new form of partition thus also enables greater freedom of movement in the bathroom – a particular benefit for small bathrooms.
Profiles with lifting and lowering mechanism for special comfort and convenience
A frame in brilliant chrome look provides the contours for the "OpenSpace" shower partition on the wall. Two large glass doors are fitted in the frame. These are simply swung open for showering and subsequently closed again to resume their wall panel function after enjoying a shower. The option of mirror glass instead of clear glass for the tap fittings side further boosts OpenSpace's visual effect – the bathroom appears substantially larger. The profiles are the defining technical feature. The door profile incorporates a lifting and lowering mechanism. As a result, the doors stop automatically in the shower position of 90 degrees when moved and are lowered in this position. This guarantees optimum protection from splashing. They can be opened further to facilitate cleaning and are lowered again automatically on reaching 180 degrees. The integrated U-profile provides for added stability. It also allows for the compensation of wall unevenness of up to 18 mm. This is advantageous when uneven walls are involved, such as is commonly the case in older buildings. As such, this new form of shower partition not only provides the room with a more spacious appearance and enables greater freedom of movement in the bathroom, but also offers practical advantages during installation.
Suitable for combination with bathtubs and shower trays
In the overall bathroom scenario, OpenSpace is suitable for combination not only with a tiled floor, but also with the "DuraPlan" shower trays – for those who prefer to shower on a seamless floor. These shower trays in sanitary acrylic have been developed in collaboration with German architect Prof. Frank Huster and are installed flush with the floor. Apart from enabling a seamless transition to the tiled surface without a sill, these shower trays can also be aligned with the tiles in an aesthetically pleasing manner. All bathtubs and shower trays are additionally available with the "Antislip" coating, for enhanced safety in accordance with the DIN 51097 standard. Those seeking a special wellness experience despite limitations on the available space in their bathroom will find the answer in OpenSpace in symbiosis with the "Nahho" flotation tub. The two can be combined in a space of just 210x100 cm. After showering, the user simply folds away the partition which is installed on the bath, after which it serves as a wall panel to effectively conceal tap fittings and care products. This establishes the perfect relaxed setting for a new bathing experience – floating. Stretched out in the water, the bather enjoys the feeling of weightlessness and drifts into a state of total relaxation. Fitting the bathtub with a sound module and indirect light further heightens pleasures of this bathing experience – wellness at its most beguiling!
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