Indoor Outdoor Bathroom
The Indoor Outdoor Bathroom is a refurbishment of a 6 square meter en-suite bathroom in central London. The Client wished to feel like she was ‘outside’, while being indoors in her bathroom. We took the client’s brief literally and decided to explore ‘what is outside?’. In the design research we associated ‘outside’ with ‘nature’. Answers to questions - ‘How does nature look like? How does nature function? What does nature feel like? - gave us a range of ideas on which we based the formal concept of the project. By studying characteristics of nature and translating them into language of design we aimed to create an in-between zone, somewhere that is neither inside nor outside, a space that becomes a metaphor of nature.
The Indoor Outdoor Bathroom is about transformation and interaction. Nature changes and nature engages. The plants change volume through time and hopefully engage the client more and more as she witnesses their growth and evolution. The reflective, smooth texture and versatile patterns of the walls and ceiling seem to change depending on the lighting conditions and time of the day. The bathroom provides ambience of tranquility and is a place of rest and well-being.
The central design piece of the bathroom is a 3-dimensional fluid trellis made of gold-plated jewellery chains which function as a support for air-filtering climbing plants Scindapsus Cordatum and Spathiphyllum Wallichii. The plants are not purely decorative but have an active role in the bathroom, filtering the air through its leaves, roots and soil microflora system.
COMPLEX FORM WITH SIMPLE TECHNIQUE
We used grasshopper software to generate the form and control the length of the chains of the trellis. Using tensed chains allowed us to create complex forms with very simple installation techniques. We choose gold-plated chains to avoid any lacquer or synthetic colouring. Gold is the less reactive of all metals, endures well heat, air and humidity, ages gracefully and turns the trellis to a jewel, adding femininity to the space.
CRADLE TO CRADLE
Throughout the design process we focused on applying principles of Cradle to Cradle© (c2c) and integrating non-toxic, healthy building materials. We reused elements from the previous fit out, like wc and towel handles, to minimise waste. The central shower panel is made of recycled crystallised glass. For walls, ceiling and floor we used Tadelakt - a lime-based waterproof plaster that is a breathing, natural material. All paints used in the project are low VOC and tiles are C2C certified. In order to minimise the environmental impact we used only led lighting and water saving fittings.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Project year: 2017
Project status: completed
Design: Bilska de Beaupuy
Horticultural consultant: MRG Studio
Plants selection and arrangement: Boma Garden Centre
Main contractor: MK refurbishment London
Tadelakt contractor: Tadelakt london
Bespoke shower wall: Low Impact
Shower wall installation: WOW Glass
Bespoke metalwork: Lasermaster
Diagrams: Bilska de Beaupuy
Special thanks to:
Paul-Louis Flandrin and Toby Weller from Big Bead Little Bead for advice and sourcing of jewellery chains.
Philippe de Beaupuy