With their Horizontal Shower, fittings manufacturer Dornbracht present for the first time showering in a horizontal way. With this technique Dornbracht wants to fulfill the longing for natural elements and a natural water experience in order to set a new trend in the shower area.
"With Horizontal Shower, we are transporting the showering experience into a new dimension," notes CEO Andreas Dornbracht.” The result is total relaxation, the kind only experienced by someone reclining. Tension in the head and muscles melts away, everyday stress is washed away with the water; body and mind are revitalized."
The Horizontal Shower included six WaterBars that are recessed in a wide-area shower field located above a recliner. Just like the other applications in the Ambiance Tuning Technique various flow types can be combined, using preprogrammed choreographies of water temperature and quantity, to create the balanced, invigorating or relaxing shower experience the user seeks. The shower is controlled using the central eTool controls integrated in the head area of the recliner, making it convenient to operate while lying down. The user can enjoy the Horizontal Shower lying on his or her stomach or back and the recliner surface itself is heatable. The Horizontal Shower can be used both in private and public spas.
As applications, the Horizontal and Vertical Showers are the architectural expression of a new, self-aware approach to life, an approach that seeks opportunities for a return to a decelerated and hence healthier everyday life. The aim is to use a variety of avenues to harmonize body, mind and soul with one another once again, creating a more relaxed approach to the hectic pace of life. The Horizontal Shower combines modular components of the Ambiance Tuning Technique with WaterBar water outlets. With this combination, different types of water presentation can be staged in three scenarios. The design is by Sieger Design.
Balancing The water massage progresses around the body with alternating rain showers (33-38 °C) and variable water flow. Beginning at the shoulders and the soles of the feet and converging at the body's midsection, a stroking massage is experienced, lying on one’s stomach. The result is a gentle caressing of the body by the water, with a wonderfully equilibrating effect.
De-Stressing This scenario is enjoyed lying on one's back. The sprinkling of water is unchanging, progressing from the shoulders to the feet. Changing water temperatures and volumes create a noticeably wave-like, sweeping water flow for gentle relaxation.
Scenario 3: Energizing
Lying on the stomach again, this scenario is extremely invigorating with a cascade-style water delivery. The water is sprayed in varying and opposing directions across the entire back, from the shoulders to the soles of the feet. Fine water jets are followed by an intensely beating rain sensation, which is then followed again by fine water jets. The sequence is enhanced by several changes in the water temperature (33-38 °C).