One of the key trends shaping current office washroom design is the desire to match or tone in with the interior design of the rest of the building. Trevor Bowers, director at Washroom Washroom explains how washroom designers can draw on the latest materials and finishes to create washrooms which not only have the ‘wow factor’ but which also perfectly complement the building as a whole.
Embracing innovative materials as well as the traditional
With a wide range of different materials, finishes and colours available for toilet cubicles, vanity units and duct panelling alike, it’s never been easier to create unique washrooms which reflect any space or design. Washroom Washroom’s bespoke approach offers architects and clients the flexibility to deliver a washroom solution to suit any style or brief from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.
The Washroom team is always looking for innovative new materials and finishes suitable for a washroom environment but which will match any design brief. For example, on a recent office refurbishment project at Kingdom Street in London, Washroom’s full height Alto toilet cubicle doors were specified with a real wood veneer finish which needed to be stained to match the solid Douglas fir timber panelling installed in the reception area. This took several trials, adjusting the colour of the stain until a near-perfect match for the distinctive pale grey Douglas fir was achieved. The resulting finish had all the aesthetic benefits of having the same colour and finish as the reception area without compromising on practicality.
On the same project Washroom manufactured bespoke vanity units using cast polished concrete tops manufactured by MASS Concrete. The team recommended the concrete manufacturer to the architectural team for the concrete flooring in the main reception and concrete treads for the feature stair. Using the same supply chain partner was an ideal way to bring different aspects of the newly refurbished building together.
Period properties have their own style and personality which clients are often keen to reference as part of the design – including in the washroom areas. Industrial-inspired design continues to be a popular theme especially for offices housed in converted warehouses. This style can be replicated in washrooms using concrete vanities, metro tiles, exposed light fittings and pipes as well as less polished taps and accessories.
Cre8ive Together - Washroom Washroom and Cre8
Something that gives Washroom the edge when it comes to creating washrooms which complement common areas is its dedicated in-house bespoke joinery division - Cre8 Joinery Solutions. Operating as two separate companies sharing the same passion for design and same state-of-the-art production facility, the two teams can join together to provide a comprehensive, integrated solution encompassing all elements of a client’s brief when required.
Together they can deliver a full joinery service including striking reception desks, creative meeting rooms, bespoke lift lobby areas as well as washrooms, showers and changing areas which all complement each other perfectly. Working together not only guarantees the same quality and consistency of work throughout but also helps to deliver a cohesive design across the entire building using the exact same materials – rather than a close match.
An excellent example is the team’s joint work as part of the refurbishment of an office on Fetter Lane in London. As part of the project, Cre8 installed the panelling in the office’s reception area, using Bamboo veneer for a unique and eco-friendly finish. Washroom installed its Alto full height flush fascia cubicles on all floors of the building and each cubicle was faced with bamboo veneer to match the reception area.
When working with various different contractors on a project, one concern can be ensuring there is effective communication between all parties. The fact that Washroom and Cre8 are effectively part of the same company means that all parties work closely together to deliver on time and on budget while ensuring the same materials are utilised and any design features shared to create a cohesive design space, befitting of the client’s brief.