Every week there are magazine articles on amazing bathrooms, each pushing the boundaries of design.
But what about the humble, almost ignored exhaust fan. In this department, function far outweighs form. There is no careful balance between the two. Most exhaust fans have been hit with the ugly stick and are so detested that we use Photoshop to wave a wand to make them disappear.
Exhaust fans are a practical necessary evil. With limited product development, the simple exhaust fan has not evolved. We saw the opportunity to turn the ordinary into extra-ordinary. With informative use of materials and simply engineering know-how, we designed a statement exhaust fan.
Our concept was to reflect the circular nature of the bath into a recessed bulkhead above. Within the bulkhead we proposed to locate the shower, curtain rail, the exhaust fan and LED lighting.
Due to the low ceiling cavity of the skillion roof, we custom fabricated stainless sheet metal ducting which led to two external fan units. We suggested to the client to create the diffuser component of the exhaust from a solid surface material, like Staron or Corion. The advantage of solid surface that it is impervious to moisture and general damp. More importantly on a design level, solid surface can be shaped to form a seamless area.
We prepared shop drawings for the fabricator. The exhaust diffuser comprised of two components, the external casing and the floating central disc. Between the two is a nominal gap, where steam is pull through by the exhaust fans.
We engineered and fabricated a custom locking mechanism which allows the central disc to be removal and appear floating. A rebated gap to the solid surface casing accommodates the LED strip lighting. A central hole in the floating disc allows for the arm of rain shower to be connected.
The clients are able to retreat to this personal sanctuary and soak away the cares of the day. The exhaust unit sits quietly above, seamless and simply. Form balanced with function.