Want to know what the bathroom will look like in the future? Step inside this luxurious cocoon of new age materials designed by Australian SJB Architects, as part of a carefully selected group of four leading architectural firms from around the world invited by Kohler to design the Bathroom of the Future for Kohler’s Flagship store in Shanghai, China. The architects were given one of five themes – Chinese, Contemporary, Classic, Transitional and Futuristic – with the project developed as a means of commemorating Kohler’s 140th anniversary as a global leader in the field of bathroom design and technology.
Tristan Wong, the SJB architect who spearheaded the design, felt the bathroom of the future could be a global traveller’s retreat, and his vision is inspired by the highly sculpted, dynamic forms emerging in car and boat design – melding highly evolved technology with a tactile experience that imparts a feeling of invigoration and vitality to anyone entering the space.
Walls and ceiling fold and merge to conceal lighting, speakers and exhaust fan, transporting what is essentially a highly practical multi- disciplinary bathing space to an exciting and dynamic level. The yacht- style timber flooring provides warmth underfoot which complements the long, carbon fibre vanity that morphs into a day-bed, a material that was chosen for its malleability, strength and waterproof qualities. “It also has a great aesthetic, with the woven strands of filament visible through the resin.” said Wong.
Kohler’s SOK overflowing bath was chosen for both its luxury and its ability for contained overflow, while the futuristic Numi toilet, a Bluetooth enabled ‘hub’ offering music, night light, warm air for the feet and automatically opening and closing lid and seat, is placed in the space as much for its sculptural effect as its versatility. A pair of low slung, rectangular Forefront basins and multifunctional electronically controlled shower area equipped with watertile overhead shower panels and wall mounted bodysprays complete the ideal.
“We chose the Karbon taps as they are an incredible piece of engineering and design, constructed in part from carbon fibre, one of the lightest and strongest materials available, and with a joystick control. This really IS a product of the future,” said Wong.
The result: an all-enveloping, totally luxurious bathroom experience.