The more hectic and dynamic our lives become, the more we look for places to which we can retreat and enjoy some calm. But where can we find such places when we’re away from home – for instance, at work or while travelling?
Personal Sensory Spaces, PSS™ for short, by sieger design presents a revolutionary new concept for semi-public WCs. In this architectural study, fully equipped modular units create self-contained sanctuaries – while requiring no more space than conventional cubicle solutions.
The evolution of (semi-)public WCs is part of our cultural history. From communal latrines in ancient Rome to the first screened-off water closets, down the centuries they have changed in line with our concepts of hygiene and intimacy.
Conventional semi-public WC facilities (examples)
The architectural study Personal Sensory Spaces by sieger design marks another key stage in this evolution, and is intended to set a new standard for semi-public WC facilities. Through intelligent arrangement of space and innovative design, it places the focus squarely on people and their need for privacy. Self-contained, soundproofed units offer intimacy, calm and relaxation.
Alongside a toilet, each PSS™ module also contains a washbasin and other optional multisensory features designed to maximise comfort. Lighting, images, film, music and fragrances evoke new emotional ambiences each time. The digitally connected modules appeal to the senses with personalised scenarios, creating an experience of sanctuary.
PSS™ is a concept that doesn’t just offer benefits to users, but also to companies, architects and planners.
For the same number of WCs, the PSS™ modules require no more space than a conventional toilet facility with individual cubicles and a shared washbasin area.
The integrated solution by sieger design also has all the little details covered. Almost all semi-public toilet facilities combine products from a range of different manufacturers, from soap dispensers to sanitary bag dispensers. Having to make separate decisions on all these individual items makes planning complex.
PSS™, by contrast, can offer fully predefined units that can be adapted according to different locations, styles and desired options.
The architectural study delivers on the promise of privacy in all semi-public spaces. The three style interpretations – Office, Factory and Hospitality – visualise examples of concrete applications for different settings. As well as offices or hotels, other possible areas of application include transport hubs such as airports, train stations and petrol stations.
Personalised scenarios create emotional ambiences and an experience of sanctuary using digitally connected elements such as lighting, film, fragrances and music. The scenarios can be managed using wall-mounted controls or an app. Depending on the user’s personal needs, either a stimulating, invigorating ambience can be created or a soothing, relaxing one.
Inspired by nature: the fully illuminated ceiling simulates the sky, creating a daylight-like experience even in windowless rooms. With RGBW LEDs – coloured light with a separately controllable white LED – it’s possible to recreate the fine nuances of morning or evening light.
The large display acts like a virtual window, bringing the outdoors indoors. Images are given exceptional depth by the fully backlit screen. The display can show images of nature, photographs or films. In preprogrammed scenarios, the screen interacts with elements like the illuminated ceiling.
To keep the air in windowless WCs fresh and healthy, a ventilation system is a must. Fresh air is fed in from floor level, while an extractor on the ceiling removes stale air.
Unsightly items, like replacement toilet rolls, sanitary bag dispensers and toilet brushes, are compactly arranged in the washstand unit, out of view of users.
The washstand makes optimum use of limited space. The basin, washstand cover and splashback are made as a single component from glazed steel (from Alape). A paper towel dispenser and a bin for used towels are integrated on the left-hand side of the compact unit.
PSSTM is a space for personal rituals, where people can freshen themselves up or take medicine undisturbed using the cups provided. An integrated filter system ensures the water is drinkable.
The concealed technology (from Dornbracht) offers a hygienic, easy-to-use solution. In many semi-public settings, touch-free taps are already a legal requirement. The automatic soap dispenser is also sensor-activated.
For maximum hygiene, the toilet flush is sensor-controlled, and can be activated touch-free with a hand gesture. The urinal has an automatic flush function, which is activated by infrared proximity sensors (from Duravit).
In the OFFICE variant, the individual modules are specially tailored to a workplace setting. The minimalist design is democratic and inviting for office staff, but without sacrificing its own distinctive style and charm. The large mirror and the lighting create a pleasant environment that is ideal for a variety of different uses: for instance, doing make-up. Customised scenarios with lighting, music and fragrances can be individually controlled and navigated.
The FACTORY style interpretation illustrates how the PSS™ architectural study could be implemented in a production setting. This variant features more robust materials, tiled walls and a larger washbasin, providing space for users to have a more thorough wash. It could also be adapted for sports facilities or swimming pools.
HOSPITALITY visualises a premium design style ideal for hotels, restaurants and bars. A floor-standing washbasin is accompanied by a cube unit on which fresh towels are laid out and that features an integrated bin for used towels. The selected materials and finishes as well as the finely tuned lighting concept create an elegant and emotional ambience.
The mission statement of sieger design is to develop distinctive, success-oriented brand concepts and products with a unique selling point. The design agency has been driving major trends in the sanitary industry since the early 1980s and has been the innovative force behind many product categories: the first designer bathroom fittings, holistic bathroom collections, large overhead rain showers and scenario-controlled showers.
Working on behalf of partners such as Alape, Dornbracht and Duravit as well as a host of other international brands, the company develops holistic strategies and designs that are based on sound analysis and visionary thinking.
sieger design approaches every new task with the utmost sensitivity, an eye for timeless, often archetypal forms, superlative artisanry and technical finesse, and a keen understanding of functionality, innovation and sustainability. At Harkotten Castle, the design process is implemented by an interdisciplinary team of over 40 employees.
Do you have any questions or would you like more information (for example, our PSS™ brochure)? Then please simply get in touch at any time!
Copyright by Alape GmbH, Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG (photography Stephan Abry, Markus Jans, Thomas Popinger, Communication Concept and Creation for Dornbracht: Meiré und Meiré), Conmoto, Duravit AG, SIEGER, SIEGER by FÜRSTENBERG, sieger design (PSS™ CGIs by Interiorvista, Barcelona)
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