This summer is a hot one. We’re desperate
to cool off – in the sea, a crystal-clear mountain lake or the sauna. Sauna? That’s right –
because if you want to cool down, there’s nothing like working up a sweat first.
People who have to cope with physical or agerelated limitations know just how important a safe and easy-touse bathroom is when it comes to their independence and wellbeing. In his lecture Jens J. Wischmann talks about current developments of barrier free bathrooms.
As bathrooms have a long service life, it is all the more important to think ahead and consider future requirements. When planned carefully, the comfortable bathroom of today can meet the needs of elderly users tomorrow or even be completely barrier-free.
Stylish furnishing trends have no place in the bathroom. Really? Are sanitary facilities still technology-driven and, given the effort required to install them, should they be functional and long-lasting? However, why there are more and more design proposals interpreting the bathroom as a trend-oriented space for living whilst also responding to societal trends, like health consciousness and demographic developments.
The bathroom certainly has its fair share of quiet and invisible heroes: water disappears into the wall, the heavy sheets of glass surrounding the level access shower seem to be magically suspended in space and fittings look like power outlets.
Separate bathrooms for the children, parents and grandparents: Even if you can’t afford this luxury, you can have products suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes – and which are flexible, comfortable and chic.
The topic of barrier-free accessibility is an integral part of the sanitary industry. Paralympics gold medallist Anna Schaffelhuber has been wheelchair-bound since birth. In the interview she will be talking about functionality and design, barrier-free accessibility in public areas and her collaboration with Villeroy & Boch.
Villeroy & Boch has developed solutions for the healthcare and nursing sector to combine barrier-free functionality with comfort and design: The O.novo Vita and Omnia Architectura Vita collections are contemporary in design and comply with the standard DIN 18040 for barrier- free construction.