Nineteen architectural firms and Axor are thinking ahead
Havana 2002 Renowned architects from around the world discussed the use of water without having to adhere to any specifications. As a result, nineteen future designs were developed by the end of three days, ranging from product-oriented sketches to abstract designs.
The workshop centered around discussions between the creative architects and the designer brand Axor on the bathroom of the future – with no ties to previous conceptions or the usual technical and spatial constraints. Launched in 2002, the Axor AquaTektur workshop series is a form of fundamental technical/architectural research. It reflects the requirement of the Axor brand and the company Hansgrohe to continually rethink the bathroom together with those who shape our built environment and our homes – and to develop visionary solutions.
In 2002 in Havana, several architects dedicated their sketches to new ways of using water and a new, sensual water experience. Innovative ideas were developed, such as a fog shower, the “magic glove” bathing glove and a spiral-shaped waterfall in the shower cabin. The use of a touch panel instead of a faucet and wall and floor profiles with added benefits also highlighted the participants’ technical creativity. Against the backdrop of the conference location, a country with uncertain water and power supplies, the discussions dealt with the use of rainwater and graywater, as well as energy recovery.
Ideas for the new water experience
Does a bathroom have to look like a bathroom? The bathroom as part of an overall living concept, its liberation through unconventional layouts, overcoming the pure hygiene-based function – topics that were thoroughly discussed at the AquaTektur workshop. The sketches included the “Havana bathroom” – a large, light-flooded room that radiates sensuality. AquaTektur is therefore not just about simple product designs, but about design-based solutions that focus on the connection between water, man and space.
AquaTektur 1: the participants
Jens Bothe, Bothe Richter Teherani, Hamburg
Jochem Jourdan, Jourdan & Müller, Frankfurt (M.)
Gernot Nalbach, Nalbach + Nalbach, Berlin
Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir, Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Stuttgart
Amandus Sattler, Allmann Sattler Wappner, Munich
Günther Schaller, Behnisch Behnisch & Partner, Stuttgart
Elmar Schossig, Gatermann + Schossig, Cologne
Johann Spengler, Steidle + Partner, Munich
Duncan Jackson, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, London
Julian C. Sharpe, TP Bennett Architects, London
Branimir Medic, de Architekten Cie., Amsterdam
Valentin Bearth, Bearth + Deplazes, Chur
Beda Faessler, riken yamamoto & beda faessler, Zug
Francois Fasnacht, Francois Fasnacht, Basel
Alfred Berger, Berger + Parkkinen Architekten, Vienna
Florian Riegler, Riegler Riewe Architekten, Graz
Christian P. Arcay-Leliever, SOM Skidmore Owens & Merrill LLP, New York
Winka Dubbeldam, Archi-Tectonics, New York
Wayne Turett, Turett Collaborative Architects, New York