We love it
when warm water surrounds our body. Because water gives us a feeling of
security and retreat. We not only cleanse our body with it, but also ensure our
mental regeneration with a shower or a bath - for wellness.
"Green Vision Beyond Water", Hansgrohe presents the concept of a
bathroom in which hardly any water is used. The goal is a sustainable change in
consciousness, a new relationship with water, with the body and with our daily
routines. Green Vision is a concept study consisting of two platforms:
"Base" is the platform for personal hygiene and "Sphere" is
the platform for mental retreat. The technical innovations of the individual
modules are already being incorporated into the development of Axor and
interdisciplinary team from Hansgrohe and Phoenix worked on the vision for two
years. The goal: 90 % less water, 90 % less energy - and thus 90 % less CO2e
emissions in the bathroom. A vision for the probably most sustainable bathroom
in the world - a bathroom that should function almost without water. The
concept study wanted to go far beyond the usual sustainability triad of Reduce
- Reuse - Recycle. The keyword was Rethink - the radical rethinking of personal
hygiene and the need for mental peace.
with Phoenix, we set out to solve the problems of the future with regards to
the bathroom space: water shortage, climate crisis, resource scarcity. The
result is a modular system based on the idea of circular economy: keeping
cycles small and closing them as quickly as possible," says Steffen Erath,
Head of Innovation & Sustainability of Hansgrohe Group. "Our concept
is open to discussion, further development and ideation of our own, or perhaps
even more far-reaching concepts in the industry." And Matthias Oesterle,
Design Director of Phoenix, adds: "Global warming and our use of resources
need to be rethought. The sanitary industry will have to develop new solutions
that are not only produced more sustainably, but above all, enable a more
efficient use of resources in the bathroom. With our Green Vision, we are
accompanying Hansgrohe in making the challenges that this rethinking entails,
tangible and address them in a targeted manner."
Two aspects - one vision
On the one
hand, the concept was about sustainable design: how can consumption be reduced
to conserve increasingly scarce water and energy resources? How can the carbon
footprint of a bathroom be reduced to as close to zero as possible over its
average 20-year service life?
other hand, it was also about the user perspective: individual wellness needs
are in clear competition with the growing need to save water. An inner conflict
for every individual. One possible solution: Hansgrohe's vision separates
hygiene and wellbeing, enabling unlimited, virtually waterless regeneration.
That is why this Green Vision consists of two areas:
Base – space for physical hygiene
hygiene area Base is a vision that combines all the modules to cleanse the body. A few square meters can accommodate a 10-liter shower, a washbasin, and a
toilet stool. The 10-liter shower with pH-neutralized water enables
showering with virtually no shampoo or shower gel. The user knows at all times
how much water is still available for showering: the darker the light in the
overhead shower, the less water is left. The used shower water is collected and
used for flushing the toilet.
station features three spray types: a non-heated, misty spray for the majority
of wash station procedures (hand/face washing) and one heated, as well as one
non-heated, mono spray for "smaller bodily hygiene rituals". The
desired spray type is started by a sensor on the arc. It stops automatically as
soon as the hands are no longer under the spray nozzles.
toilet with pivoting lid separates feces and urine, thus reducing the number of
toilet flushes. It is flushed with the collected shower water. Thanks to its
bidet function, the toilet does not require toilet paper - which makes a
significant contribution to reducing CO2e emissions. Extrapolated to a
four-person household, this saves a total of around 55,000 litres of water per
year that would be used in the production of toilet paper.
Sphere – space for mental hygiene
conceptual Sphere is the wellness area for mental regeneration. An armchair
with a flexible dome invites you to relax Through the interplay of light,
sounds and warm water vapor infused with essential oils, the dome enables a multi-sensory
experience – with minimal consumption of water and energy and thus less CO2e
emissions. Opening or closing the dome creates different states that influence
the intensity of the experience. This creates a relaxation effect like in a
bathtub, but without wasting water and energy.
Vision uses materials within a circular economy to create the interior:
aluminum extracted from the salt water of the oceans is used instead of
chrome-plated brass for everything metallic, such as fixtures. The bathroom furniture
is made of wood and recycled materials.