Bathrooms can be considered as service spaces or comfortable places where to pleasantly enjoy part of our days, can be a private site dedicated to hygiene and personal care or an essential space for (virtual) socialisation.
New visions, functions, rituals and products can be thought of to innovate this environment that in the future could also become the focal point of our homes. After all, with their Non-Stop City, the radical design group Archizoom in the 1970s designed abstract and fluid cities structured only by elevators (one every 100sqm), computers (every 20sqm) and toilets (every 50sqm).
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"Strongly ironic but designed with committed political ingenuity, the proposal questions the normative character of the existing city and defends new conceptions of life as expressed in revolutionary urban form." No-Stop City Archizoom Associati 1969 #moma #exhibition #archizoom #archizoomassociati ©abitare #formstudy
Jumpthegap is a biennial competition promoted by Roca and BCD - Barcelona Design Center to rethink the bathroom environment with new innovative solutions. Architects and designers are called to design the toilets of the future, in relation to issues, crises and opportunities offered by our uncertain era. Surprising Experiences, Welcoming, Automation, Ageing People and Sustainability are just some of the perspectives that the organisers suggest to investigate, but the aim of the initiative is not to put a brake on creativity.