The bathrooms have definitely stopped being second-class environments. Even when they are dark and ventilated through a duct, the design can transform the bathroom into a space of comfort and well-being for personal hygiene. Not to mention when it is possible to turn them into pleasant rooms, with large windows and natural light.
An environment that enjoys a new category inside the house and includes, for example, the possibility of incorporating technology and other activities such as reading or relaxation, which require adequate equipment. In this way, the bathroom adds lounge chairs, libraries and the redesign of the lighting.
“The domestic space, a private place par excellence, has become one of the main spaces of social life through television, the telephone, the Internet. The new intimacy is not a place, but conditions that can occur at any time, wherever the subject is ”, says María Beatriz Blanco, architect and teacher of the Postgraduate Program in Interior Space Design (FADU, UBA).
Suspended artifacts. Toilet, bidet and sink with special fastening systems from the Duravit line.
The bathroom undoubtedly has its origin in hygienic premises, but “its current expression is mainly due to the implantation, in the domain of everyday life, of leisure and relaxation values in a world surrounded by ‘noise‘”Says Blanco.
So it takes a new meaning to find a place within the “new home of the digital age” where the boundaries between the private and the public are blurred and the environments lose a bit of definition, to regain that necessary intimacy.
Glass partition to subdivide the space, according to the design of María Beatriz Blanco,
This longing of many is echoed in new tendencies in appliances, taps, lighting and accessories.
As well as the devices have been installed in other spaces of the home, too gain positions in the bathroom. In the constant search for innovation, Roca proposes new equipment that brings technology to this environment, through touchless solutions and state-of-the-art materials that take on extra value within the current context.
Estudio GGyA incorporates ceramic with relief and taps with ceiling connection for the washbasin (Photo Facundo Basavilbaso)
To eliminate the need for physical contact of users with appliances, the faucets and toilet tanks have electronic sensors. These lines previously oriented to public services, are now also considered for households.
“Just as technology was installed in different facets of our lives, we know that in the bathroom it can be at the service of greater well-being for the whole family”, says Viviana Morgante, architect and Marketing Manager of Roca Argentina.
The matte black finish was added to the traditional chrome to add a touch of class to the bathroom. Aromo and Epuyén taps, both PV lines
For their advantage what concerns to hygiene and water saving, FV expanded its Tronic line of contactless actuation to accommodate more projects with affordable options. Electronic games for PV countertops are operated with a gentle touch of the hand, elbow, wrist or forearm.
“Whenever there is contact between the game and the user’s skin, it will be activated or deactivated, freeing their hands so that they can perform other tasks,” they explain from the company.
FV thermostatic outdoor shower from the Dominic New 85N line. Compatible with the traditional system.
The faucet renovation also came to the shower. Dominic New is a thermostatic outdoor shower (manages water temperature) compatible with standard connections (ideal for renovations).
More technology in toilets
Roca’s In-Wash line incorporates washing and drying functions with which you can regulate the position of the cannula, the pressure and the temperature of the water and air, by means of a remote control or through its side panel.
In-Wash (Roca) toilets incorporate washing and drying functions, with remote control.
The line of self-cleaning toilets Neorest de Toto (commercializes De Stefano) has other functional advantages, such as a sensor cap that opens and closes automatically, heated seat, a deodorant to absorb unpleasant odors and a dryer that can be activated as desired. A remote control makes all this technology easy to use.
Changes in construction systems also involve the facility upgrade. For example, the diffusion of the use of drywall partitions implies the development of specific fastening systems to solve the safe and firm embedment of the wall mounted taps, and also the laying of the pipes.
The USB plugs To be able to connect all kinds of devices, they are necessary in a renovation or new construction. Especially if the project includes a bathtub or whirlpool to relax and listen to music or watch a movie.
Another trend is the incorporation of LED lighting on the perimeter of the mirror and other novel places such as the edge of the bathtub or furniture to generate a soft lighting that allows you to enjoy another climate in the setting or use the bathroom at night without glare.
More comfort and versatility in the equipment is another key. Specialists advise to include drawers on wheels, which serve as a support furniture for the bathtub or as a seat to dry off after the shower or get dressed more comfortably. The tall storage cabinets with interior shelves, light and mirror on the inner side of the door.
In renovations, a functional and safe option is replace the bathtub with a shower tray that occupies the same space. Another option is to extend the floor covering, which creates more space, and place a linear drain (They are available with a gutter or just the stainless steel lid), a more aesthetic solution than the common grid.
Neo Daiquiri (Roca) shower tray made of 40 mm thick acrylic.
The coatings are a world apart. The options are very wide in styles and prices. The most innovative are the designs made with digital printing at the customer’s request and the embossed ceramics. Also porcelain tiles with geometric designs with different colors, textures and relief.
Quartz coatings continue to stomp and synthetic stones in large dimensions and different thicknesses to be used both on floors or walls and on countertops. It is also possible to use the same material with different finishes.
This is the case of Adriana Grin’s project for a bathroom in a loft: “I use a mixture of the chosen materials, both polished and matte, to illuminate and reflect and contrast with the rustic of the cement walls and a wooden floor”, describes.