Hidden champions: Disappearing acts in the bathroom
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.
Floor tiles in the shower right up to the wall and a drain that vanishes discreetly into the wall: once installed, all that can be seen of Viega’s Advantix Vario wall drain, including the odour trap, is the 20 mm high gap that the water drains away through – and even that is virtually imperceptible when fitted with a grate. With its innovative shower partition made of 10 mm thick glass, Koralle is giving architects and home owners a new degree of freedom when it comes to bathroom design: with no hinges or visible profiles, its X80 Free walk-in shower provides total transparency that blends the shower area in harmoniously with the architecture of the individual room. According to the manufacturer, the freestanding shower wall system has no visible mountings and seems to merge seamlessly with its surroundings. This is achieved by anchoring the toughened glass in special profiles that are set into the wall and floor. There is nothing to disrupt the view of – or through – the shower partition: not a single wall-mounted profile or bracket, no hinges and no crosspieces. By separating the water outlet and controls, mixers and shower fittings can be reduced to a minimum and positioned to suit individual needs. The controls look like power outlets (e.g. Axor/Hansgrohe). Even the flush actuator can be positioned ergonomically, and it goes without saying that here too the technology is hidden away behind the wall.