Transform office toilets into spaces for well-being and creativity

Transform office toilets into spaces for well-being and creativity

Many associate bathrooms with simple, practical small rooms without defining design features. Historically, they were designed as simple functional environments strictly programmed for hygiene, privacy and ease of maintenance – often with no room for creativity. But as lifestyle changes have made health and well-being a top priority, contemporary bathroom design has been revamped accordingly, moving towards spacious personal retreats meant for comfort, relaxation and recovery; an escape from a chaotic outside world. Because we tend to spend most of our time inside the home, many recent discussions naturally revolve around residential bathrooms, leading to another setting where we also spend a significant number of hours (approximately a third of our lives to be exact): the workplace.

Toilets play a key role in any office or workplace. Not only for sanitizing purposes, but also because they act as a space of solitude, free from distractions, which promotes creative thinking. A UK survey found that 74% of workers deliberately go to the toilet to gain solitude during the working day. At the same time, 54% of designers feel that mental health is not considered in the built environment, while 78% deliberately design the office washroom as a space for creative thinking.

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Grand + Nash. Image courtesy of Splash Lab

Reinterpreting the rituals around hygiene

With all of this in mind, The Splash Lab designs and manufactures modular restroom products and bathroom systems that seek to reinterpret rituals around hygiene, challenging conventional norms through innovation. Workplace washrooms therefore become more than just places of function, transforming into multi-purpose spaces that meet both the physical and psychological needs of the user.

According to this earlier study, more than 500,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016 and 2017. This further reinforces the need for a neutral space where workers can process their thoughts, consolidate their ideas and take a mental break, which can have a big impact on mental well-being, productivity and creativity. After all, as psychologist and author Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman suggests, solitude and a distraction-free environment are proven to increase creative thoughts.

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STUDIOS architectural office. Image courtesy of Splash Lab

Luminaires that improve the well-being of workers

So how can architects promote wellness and creativity in office washrooms through design? Of course, factors such as layout, space, wall and floor finishes, ventilation, lighting, and biophilic characteristics are crucial to consider. But it is also essential to integrate the right equipment, products and accessories; small details like faucets, soap dispensers, hand dryers and sinks can certainly make a big difference. To inspire architects and designers during the selection process, below we explore three office restrooms designed to support worker wellbeing that implement innovative fixtures from The Splash Lab.

Big + Nash

Located in El Segundo, California, this project remodels and upgrades an existing building. Since the washrooms do not benefit from windows to maintain a connection with nature, it was important that their design convey a sense of harmony, balance and tranquillity. This was solved by playing with the contrast between the toilets, shower and changing rooms, achieving warmth through the use of wood and a bold, clean look with black hexagonal tiles. In keeping with this aesthetic, the architects selected the Ribbon system soap dispenser, faucet and hand dryer (all in black PVD finishes), along with the Monolith type A washbasin in a dark gray aggregate finish and black powder coated pipe skirts to fit under sinks. Combining innovative technology and durability, these products are able to fit seamlessly into the contemporary environment, contributing to the mission of creating a functional and attractive space where workers can feel comfortable, take a break and stimulate their creativity. .

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Grand + Nash. Image courtesy of Splash Lab
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Grand + Nash. Image courtesy of Splash Lab

Foothill Transit Headquarters

In 2019, Foothill Transit Authority decided to redesign the small restrooms of its classic mid-century office building. The refreshed and reconfigured layout included four contemporary-looking single-occupant washrooms featuring bold colors, clean lines and soft lighting. All under the idea of ​​fostering a sense of calm isolation, welcoming both people with disabilities and non-disabled employees into an inclusive, healthy and safe environment. With that in mind, Foothill specified the ribbon faucet and soap dispenser, along with a custom Monolith sink with a narrow basin and fixture placement opposite. This also included brushed stainless steel fitted pipe skirts for a coordinated ADA compliant interface and clean, minimalist lines. Overall, the neutral tones of the fixtures allow the colorful elements of the laundry area to pop and create a warm, inviting and positive space that requires effortless upkeep, making everyone’s workday easier and more comfortable. more pleasant.

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Foothill Transit Headquarters. Image courtesy of Splash Lab
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Foothill Transit Headquarters. Image courtesy of Splash Lab

Architectural office STUDIOS

The San Francisco branch of STUDIOS Architecture has become a key voice in the evolution of the American workspace, cleverly reorienting the conventions of the corporate landscape. Therefore, when they moved to an entire floor of an office tower, they had to adapt that space to their particular purpose and, at the same time, choose the materials sensitively according to the needs of this new location. The design team opted for a traditional layout and sleek look, using the Ribbon Collection soap dispenser, faucet and hand dryer in a clean black finish. For its part, the Monolith Basin System, specified in Carbon Concrete Corian™, effectively enhances the industrial look of a concrete sink while avoiding the pitfalls – cracks, stains, sealing – associated with the traditional material. Paired with a vertically laid gray subway slab, these fixtures add a touch of elegance, luxury and comfort to the bathroom that positively impacts the user experience.

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STUDIOS architectural office. Image courtesy of Splash Lab
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STUDIOS architectural office. Image courtesy of Splash Lab

To learn more about washroom products that promote wellness and creativity in the workplace, as well as in many other settings, visit The Splash Lab website or explore our product catalog.

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