Jan - Mar 2011

Going beyond the clinical approach to bathroom design

With the Indian growth scene being talked about worldwide, the washroom industry must carve its place not only in financial terms but also in the realm of ideas, concepts and aspirations. While the sheer look of a washroom gives an initial and often quite a lasting impression of its beauty and design, what goes behind the walls and below the floors ultimately underlines the functional versatility and durability of the best creation.  It is not only design but functionality that is important for the Indian market, especially for washrooms in the public domain. Whether it is public conveniences, which at present count are woefully inadequate, or commercial and industrial establishments’ requirement of efficient and hardy washroom design, the need for focused designers is acute. Moreover bathrooms tend to acquire different personalities depending on the establishments they are built in. 

The hospital, with its gamut of patients and diseases in the air, is one of the places with the highest risk of infection. In fact, healthcare-associated infections account for the maximum deaths in hospitals every year. Despite the strict vigilance on hygiene standards in hospitals, a lone virus in the air can create havoc, and the hospital bathroom is an extremely critical area when it comes to infection control. A simple example would be that while air fresheners / flowers may be kept in the washroom of a hotel or even a residence, they cannot be used in hospital washrooms keeping in mind the possibility of the user being an asthma patient.