AquaTektur – forward thinking for bathrooms

Renowned architects discuss bathing culture and visions for the bathroom of the future

The bathroom is dynamically developing – from a functional wet room to a place of well-being and an integral part of the home architecture.
What does this mean for designers? The intercultural dialogue brings new needs and rituals of physical and bathing culture to the fore. How should the world of architecture react? These are two of many questions discussed by the renowned architects and designers from Europe, America and Asia AXOR’s invitation.

In five workshops held at four highly diverse locations around the world since 2002, new solutions have been developed for how architecture should interact with water; in buildings and in relation to new room concepts in bathroom design.

Further information about the fruitful discussions, the workshops, the participants and their designs and visions can be found below.

The use of water and its special magic are the topics of the first AquaTektur workshop in Cuba.

Nineteen designers focussed on the scarce resource for the first time. The use of water in architecture and the special magic of this ancient element provided the topics for the brainstorming exercise in Cuba.
(Picture by Ralf Biehl, AIT/GKT)

Water-related architecture was the focus of the second AquaTektur workshop

Water-related architecture was the focus of the second ideas meeting, attended by 19 architects. “Rethink the bathroom” – these specifications were subject to an idea-packed discussion by the international designers.
(Picture by Ralf Biehl, AIT/GKT)

The third AquaTektur workshop looked at the intercultural dialogue between various bathroom and bathing traditions

Third workshop: the heart of Arabian bathing culture provided a source of inspiration for a creative exchange between architects from Europe and the Middle East. What do regional bathroom traditions tell us? How can architecture and housing designs translate these suggestions in a contemporary manner?
(Picture by Ralf Biehl, AIT/GKT)

China’s 3,000 year old bathing and physical culture and present-day ideas of the bathroom formed the framework for the fourth workshop

The thousands of years old Chinese physical culture fascinates more and more people – including outside China. In this hectic age, it responds to many people’s deep-lying needs for relaxation and balance. The fourth AquaTektur workshop continued the intercultural dialogue about water and architecture with participants from Europe and Asia.
(Picture by Ralf Biehl, AIT/GKT)

The Japanese bathing culture inspired the participants of the fifth AquaTektur workshop to develop new bathroom solutions.

Twelve architects from Europe and the Far East sketched new solutions for the interaction of water, man and space. Inspired by the Japanese bathing culture, the fifth AquaTektur workshop took place on an island off the coast of Japan.
(Picture by Ralf Biehl, AIT/GKT)

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