The private bathroom is more than just a functional space for bodily hygiene, in fact it plays a very important role as a place of well-being. To turn the bathroom into your own private safe haven, it is necessary to take a holistic approach to the whole ambience and mood lighting, materials, user interaction and functionality. The conversion of a private bathroom in Bad Wörishofen shows most impressively that a new building project is not necessarily the only way to meet individual requirements perfectly.
The pitched roof bathroom in the traditional family home had seen better days and the family spent a long time looking for ideas and solutions to transform it. The clients work in the hotel business and in Germany’s leading Kneipp natural healing centre, so are familiar with hotel and private spa concepts. Inspirations were gathered and rejected, for various reasons. Reisberger sums up the initial situation: “We did not like the room, so we dealt with it”. The second challenge was the small size of the room, an area of about 12 square metres, a third of which was below a pitched roof, with light coming through a dormer window.
The bathroom designers worked with the optical illusion of vertical separation, so that the space is not made any smaller by other, additional walls. Something that in a different location would have limited a small bathroom even more was a wise choice here. Using a platform to raise the wet zone produced a visible but barrier-free division, which also created space for the new pipework to be installed. The functional necessities produced new geometries, resulting in a dynamically curved dry wall with tall and narrow fixed glazing.
The room has clean lines owing to its use of just a few materials – Corian for the hand-made furniture and surrounding edges, concrete areas and tiles in different formats – and the colour white. Abstract textile wallpaper sets the tone in the centre of the room. The alterations took about four weeks, a short timescale that was only possible because the bathroom outfitter was the general contractor, delivering everything from a single source – from gutting the entire room to making the furniture.
Jochen Reisberger, the head of physiotherapy at the Kneippianum Bad Wörishofen, the leading Kneipp centre in Germany, is a specialist in Kneipp naturopathic therapy who maintains close contact with Dornbracht. Dornbracht supplied the specialised products and technologies – from revitalising Kneipp applications with an affusion pipe, to therapeutic foot baths, to exceptional shower experiences created by special water choreographies that are summoned at the touch of a button. One of the furnishing requirements was for specific water applications that use the stimulating effect of changes in temperature to promote and increase life-force energy.
Product design: Sieger Design
Furnishing: Hand-made furniture
Washstand unit: Domovari
Bath, free-standing: Antonio Lupi
Fittings: Dornbracht Tara.Logic single-lever basin mixer, shower and bath Tara.Logic, rain shower
Mirror, backlit: customised production