True to its ‘Design For All’ philosophy - that puts individual’s wellbeing and functionality and needs at the centre of its design process - VitrA, a leading manufacturer of premium quality sanitaryware, tiles and bathroom accessories, has collaborated with architecture practice, Kettle Collective, to provide bathrooms for its assisted living house for children - Ripple Retreat.
Ripple Retreat is a purpose-built sanctuary for children affected by cancer. The facility has been set up and funded by ‘It’s Good 2 Give!’, a charity that provides practical support to families impacted by this disease. The charity's ultimate goal has been to create a safe, relaxed, and enjoyable escape for families from the challenges of their illness, within a reasonable distance of hospitals and medical treatment.
VitrA’s Sento wall-hung WC, developed by the VitrA Design Team, has been chosen for the bathroom facilities. The large and ergonomic seating area provides comfortable use while the soft closing WC lid offers safe use for children. In addition, the wall-hung frames concealing all pipework, usually a haven for dust, and the WC pan fixed above the floor ensures a very hygienic bathroom environment. VitrA’s DDA approved washbasin also provides a safe and comfortable space for children. The tilted angle of the washbasin enables easy flow of water, minimising the risk of spillage. The washbasin is specifically designed for the Accessible collection and meets the Doc-M and DDA requirements without compromising on high-quality design.
Situated on the southern bank of Loch Venachar in Scotland, Ripple Retreat presents an impressive feature, with beautiful views across the calming water and surrounding hills. The waterside location inspired the design concept for the retreat which shows a rippling roof form reflecting the undulating surface of the loch. The connected nature of the living space, has been designed to provide a safe, family friendly environment with easy access for all abilities. Expanses of glass connect the interior of the house to the tranquil setting, whilst also providing important visibility to indoor and outdoor play areas. Ripple Retreat is a sustainable building both in its layout and specification. Low carbon energy will be produced using an air source heat transfer system that will provide heating and hot water to the building in a sustainable manner. The building has been designed to be naturally ventilated, and will not require additional cooling. VitrA’s wall-hung WC offers the dual-flush action, resulting in as much as 70% reduced water consumption that benefits the environment.
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VitrA is part of the Eczacıbaşı Group, one of Turkey’s most prominent industrial groups. VitrA has been supplying UK bathroom retailers for 25 years. Founded in 1942, VitrA is Turkey’s leading sanitaryware manufacturer. In recent years VitrA has expanded into international markets and over 50% of VitrA’s total output is sold outside of Turkey. From 16 production facilities in Turkey, Germany, France and Russia, VitrA produces a full range of bathroom products including over 6 million pieces of sanitaryware, complementary bathroom furniture, baths, brassware and bathroom accessories, which are distributed to over 75 countries on five continents. VitrA is an active member of the Bathroom Manufacturer’s Association. www.vitrA.co.uk
About Kettle Collective
Kettle Collective was founded in 2012 by Tony Kettle and Colin Bone, and has already established itself as a leading, multi-award winning International practice. They set out to create a unique design studio, with studios located in Edinburgh and Dubai, committed to high performance and energy efficient design on an International scale. The ethos of Kettle Collective is true collaboration, hence ‘Collective’, collaboration with other designers, engineers, cost consultants and specialists to individually tailor a bespoke design team for each project. During this collaborative process the aim is to create vibrant and sustainable projects with the belief that the space we live in directly influences the quality of our lives.
The design collective works on an exchange of thoughts and ideas, a cross fertilisation of cultures and experience with the common goal of finding a unique solution. Once defined, the whole team supports the delivery of that idea through every stage of the design and construction process. www.kettle.co
About Ripple Retreat
The Ripple Retreat is founded by Scottish charity It’s ‘Good 2 Give!’, to offer a soothing place of relaxation and support for young cancer patients and their families. It’s ‘Good 2 Give!’ was founded in 2010 by Lynne and Ian McNicoll, with the aim of providing practical support to young cancer patients and their families at what is the most challenging of times. Ripple Retreat has been designed to offer a connected, shared area of relaxation, with a family-friendly environment that offers easy access for individuals of all abilities. Wide expanses of glass connect the interior of the house to the tranquil setting, while providing vital visibility to the available indoor and outdoor play areas. www.rippleretreat.com