Ideal Standard unveils bathroom of the future winner

Jennifer Cairns wins Ideal Standard’s bathroom of the future competition

Jennifer Cairns wins Ideal Standard’s bathroom of the future competition

Following a nationwide competition to find the bathroom of the future, Ideal Standard has announced the winner.

Three architect and design professionals have had their ideas on how bathrooms will look, feel, and perform in the future chosen by the judging panel.

Jennifer Cairns, from Lyall + Winter, was the overall winner and was awarded £5,000. Her winning design identified key issues in planning future bathrooms, including space, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability. The modularity of her designs allow for a number of layout options to suit the needs of different users within the bathroom by combining showering, basin washing and toileting in a self-contained modular pod.

Second prize went to Onur Ozkaya, from London, who based her design on Sento, a traditional type of bath house found in Japan. It combined the functionality of bathing to clean with relaxation and the environment. The concept pushed the boundaries of conventional bathing, embracing the social as well as practical aspects of bathing.

Third prize went to Nick O’Neill, from Edinburgh, whose concept revolved around a sunken bath to provide a fun bathing area that is more easily accessible for an aging population. The design offered an adaptable solution for long-term accessibility with an automated motorised shower platform. This included built in grab rails which could be lowered to provide a level shower area.