New Geberit white paper set to support architects and designers

  • 30 May 2019

As societal changes continue to influence bathroom and washroom design, Geberit is supporting architects and designers with the launch of a new white paper.

This will examine the benefits of sensory bathroom design across hotel, office and high-end residential projects.

Featuring a guest foreword from architectural/interior designer and specialist in biophilic design, Oliver Heath, ‘The Science Behind the Sensory Space – a new perspective’ introduces the four key senses of auditory (sound), visual (sight), kinaesthetic (touch) and olfactory (smell), alongside the bathroom technologies and innovations that can help reduce the impact of each.

Launched at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, it also highlights some of the key trends which are shaping modern washroom and bathroom design in hotels, offices and high-end residential dwellings, with insight and solutions for those tasked with designing interior spaces.

Writing in the white paper, Oliver Heath says: “Increasingly, good design is less about how spaces look and more about how they make us feel – seeking to improve both mental and physical wellbeing through a multi-sensory approach.

“Key to the delivery of restorative and recuperative spaces is designing for sensory wellbeing and making the most of the spaces that can help to deliver this.

“Contact with these spaces can happen in numerous ways, but for many, the deep multisensory environment that can be created in a bathroom is a powerful opportunity to explore.”

Sophie Weston, channel marketing manager at Geberit, commented: “Almost three quarters of us struggle to find time to relax according to Geberit research and as our lives get busier, the need to switch-off becomes greater.

“One study shows that 74% of people in the UK have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope in the last 12 months.

“We first introduced the ‘Science Behind the Sensory Space’ concept last year but this new white paper offers greater insight into three individual sectors, looking specifically at the issues and trends which impact bathroom design in hotels, offices and high-end residential projects.

“It provides a deeper understanding into the changing role of the bathroom, and the impact those changes are having on how designers must shape bathroom spaces.

“With a greater societal focus on physical and mental health and wellbeing to help combat the stresses of modern life, finding the formula for a well-considered bathroom or washroom space at home, at work or in hospitality could be the key to unlocking better lives. And it is critical for designers to be aware of this opportunity.”

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