Designer    Case Study 21 Mar 2018

VitrA creates accessible bathrooms for Scottish children’s sanctuary, Ripple Retreat

Working in collaboration with architecture practice, Kettle Collective, VitrA has crafted a series of beautiful bathroom designs for the Ripple Retreat in Loch Venachar, Scotland.

Ripple Retreat is a purpose-built sanctuary that provides assisted living facilities for children affected by cancer. The facility itself is born from the work of ‘It’s Good 2 Give!’ – a charity focussed on providing practical support to families impacted by this disease – with the goal to create a safe, relaxed and enjoyable escape, that is still within a suitable distance from hospitals and medical treatment facilities.

Working in line with VitrA’s ‘Design for All’ philosophy, the bathrooms are extremely accessible and provide all the required physical and functional support for the users. VitrA’s Sento wall-hung toilet was the perfect fit for the scheme, thanks to its large seating area, child-friendly soft-closing lid, and concealed pipework and above-floor fixed pan – both of which eliminate dust build-ups which can often harbour around pipework, and help create a more hygienic bathroom space. In addition, the wall-hung Senso design also incorporates dual-flush technology, which uses up to 70% less water than standard designs and helps maintain the Ripple Retreat’s sustainability ethos.

VitrA’s DDA-approved washbasin also plays a key part in these bathroom designs, with a tilted angular body that assists the flow of water toward the waste – minimising the risk of spillage. The basin is specifically designed to sit within the brand’s Accessible collection and meets the Doc-M and DDA requirements, while still maintain and superbly sleek aesthetic.

A blend of stone-effect tiles and warm wooden elements help the bathroom design connect to the Ripple Retreat’s natural surroundings, while making the space a calm and welcoming place for the children and families to use.


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