[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] London-based Coppin Dockray has completed this ‘futuristic’ bathroom showroom in south east London
The £2million scheme in Dartford, south east London, includes an ‘immersive chandelier experience’ which guides visitors through the space.
Designed and constructed in just eight months, the 3,000m² showroom features mirrors, ceramics, brass, copper and ‘other materials commonly associated’ with bathrooms.
The project also included new office space by Threefold Architects, housing various departments of the company, as well as a café and event space.
The architect’s view
‘In the transition from the office spaces into the showroom, the visitor is greeted by an oval entrance chamber that acts as a dramatic pause to enhance anticipation. Upon entering this space, a sensor is alerted producing a cascade of water from showerheads above, disguised behind a veil of golden basin chains, creating an atmospheric but calming entrance for the visitor.
‘As the visitor moves through the space, a series of square arches define the gallery. Over 5000 glass spheres swirl through the central arcade, acting as navigation through the showroom. Taps and basins are located in a geological landscape where diagonal plinths bring the products to life as the visitor weaves through the curated display. Zig-zag fabric and mirrored wall panels create myriad reflections within the space. While moving through the space, floor to ceiling windows offer a glimpse into the vast warehouse and storeroom.’
Location Dartford, Kent
Type of project gallery showroom
Client Crosswater and Bathroom Brands
Architect Coppin Dockray Architects
Structural engineer Tall Consulting Structural Engineers
M&E consultant Walter Miles Building Services
Quantity surveyor Andrew Tindale-Paul
Planning supervisor Shore Engineering
Lighting consultant Light Plan
Main contractor LTS
Gross internal floor area 3,000m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Intermediate Building Contract with Contractors Design ICD 11
Total cost £2million