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Bathroom moments - light and water as intimate experiences

Markus Reisinger

This paper describes the potential of light to change the perceived atmosphere of bathrooms. It describes how to create light effects in a spatial setting. A test bathroom was designed and built for the purpose of conveying light expressions and exuding fascination for combined sensorial experience of light and water. In it, a wide range of luminous environments can be created by orchestrating various embedded lighting solutions. For this purpose light was integrated in furniture, bathroom elements such as the bathtub and architectural elements such as walls. The design process followed was characterized by a user-centered approach. Future consumers have therein a prominent role to play, especially during the analysis and evaluation phase. The relationship between visual ambience, key light qualities and perceived atmosphere was studied in the bathroom that was built.


Bathroom, Experience Design, Atmosphere lighting