Gaudi System is one of the Awarded projects at the International Architecture Awards 2018 hosted by Architecture Podium. Gaudi System designed by Studio Niko Kapa was submitted under Product Design – Interior Design Elements and was selected among the 586 Registrations received from the globe at IAA 2018. ‘International Architecture Awards 2018′ competition concluded successfully its submissions previous month, with some creative and innovative projects from across the globe under various building categories. Architecture Podium has been hosting these Awards for quite some years now and has gained great popularity among the architecture and design fraternity. With its panel of esteemed jury members comprising professionals and designers from various expertise, AP has been delivering quite astonishing projects as Winners of the Awards. Some of the past Winners includes names like Aedas, TerreformOne, Rockwell Group, Pepe Gascon Arquitectura, Morphogenesis, Dada & Partners, Nadaaa, XTEN Architecture, Mecanoo, ABIBOO Architecture and many more from across the globe etc.
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Global Architecture & Design Awards 2018 – Results
Sponsored by Audi Innovation, Gaudí System is a responsive bath system designed to give the users full control of their basic bathing necessities as well as minimise use of excessive water and electricity. Taking into account physical posture and ergonomics, Gaudí System can transform the floor and reshape a bathing landscape as decided by the user.
A single surface organizes the bathroom floor through a uniform tessellated pattern that consists of antibacterial rubber tiles. These are attached on a stretchable, water resistant polyurethane-coated Spandex membrane that is resilient and durable. With the help of hydraulic actuators that are fully integrated in the floor, the surface can be reshaped in a variety of formations in order to convert the shower floor to an artificial bathing landscape. A concealed overflow channel and extendable taps allow the whole system to flush with the floor and disappear completely when not in use.
The design was born from the idea of how to provide maximum flexibility that reflects the individual lifestyle, while helping to tell the story of a space and the people who occupy it. With its huge range of possible combinations and versatility, the system adopts to suit every situation, growing with the single user as well as the changing needs of different users. From both a psychological and a functional point of view it is proven that people interact more efficiently and in a more pleasant manner with objects that can empathize and connect to.
Considering that price of water and energy in the near future will be significantly higher globally, the whole system addresses issues of energy efficiency and subsequently money saving through critical aspects of its design. Taking into account physically satisfying posture and ergonomics, the bathtub shape can be adjusted to person’s body type, minimizing the water required to fill it when in use if the user requires so: smaller for children – larger for adults.
Heat transfer between the hot water and the rubber surface occurs at a lower rate due to the rubber’s low thermal conductivity. Subsequently, it is not required to overheat the water, in order to compensate for the loss of heat absorbed from the tile surface. This saves energy and also creates a comfortable environment. Moreover, rubber texture is closer to skin texture, so it implies a friendlier physical contact with the human body.
A puristic approach boasts a distinctive fusion of functionality and aesthetics in an effort to maintain aesthetic integrity. The minimalistic design allows architecturally attractive solutions for multifunctional living spaces, since the same system can be used for a variety of different needs through its adaptive nature. The retractable structure offers more flexibility to the space and can be matched to the relevant interior and ambience, thus maximizing the product’s target group in the market. The homogenous appearance helps achieving an uncluttered architectural look in harmony with ergonomics. The transformative nature of the system renders it resilient, since it can achieve maximum functionality with minimal design.