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Biombo

Designed by: David García Martínez and Gerard Ribot Mumbru (Spain)

Biombo 1

Throughout history the ritual of the bath has meant more than a few minutes devoted to personal cleanliness. The bathroom acquired religious connotations in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome, which interlaced pleasure with ostentation of wealth. The evolution of society has been changing its use and construction for centuries, simplifying it to a group of pieces, at a time when the legacy of modern architecture allows us to create projects joining successive rooms. We could think of changing the thin wall, which separates the bathroom from the next room into folding screen.

The projects is based on a folding screen made of pieces joined by an axis, all of which are essential items for the bathroom (lavatory, sink, cabinet, shower…), understanding the whole bathroom floor as a general waste pipe through floating paving and giving them total flexibility for the creation of a bathroom as a place suited to one’s own needs and the requirements of space.

Each piece is a repeating module, and is generated by the extrusion of a section of white ceramic in case of traditional pieces (such as sink, shower, lavatory and bidet). Technically the only fixed point of the folding screen is the module, which contains the waste pipe of the lavatory. The wastewater from the WC passes through the floating paving and the water supply goes through flexible pipes on the top and bottom part of the folding screen.

This becomes, the, an architectural issue in which a rigid piece turns into an interactive one, where the user fixes the limit.