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A Techno Bath in Berlin, Nightclub Edition

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 16, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Oct 15, 2013

Berghain  is Berlin’s most talked-about techno nightclub, but it’s not the throbbing music, shirtless men, or "world's scariest bouncers" (according to the Guardian) that have us taking notice. What caught our attention is the unisex bathroom by Berlin firm Karhard Architecture and Design . Detailed with galvanized steel, the design is hard wearing, easy to maintain, and alluringly raw. It has us wondering: Is dystopic décor the next big thing in bathroom design? Photography by Stefan Wolf Lucks via Karhard Architecture and Design .  Above: The Berghain nightclub is located in an old power station in the Friedrichshain section of Berlin. Above L: The walls are paneled and trimmed with galvanized steel. Above R: Bulkhead lights, dotted throughout, carry on the industrial aesthetic. Above: At the top of the partitions, golden light glows from chain link detailing. Above: Trough sinks accommodate many people at once.  Above: The stainless-steel toilet is a design idea borrowed from prisons (where they're used because they're easy to clean). For more jailhouse details, see Design Sleuth: Recessed Toilet Paper Holder from a Surprising Source.    Above: Etching on the steel creates a mysterious, unpredictable patina. Above: Brass strips brighten the dark gray ceiling.    Above: Waterfall trough urinals line the wall. Above: Dystopia with a soft side: a sofa awaits tired clubbers. Curiosity piqued? Check out what Karhard Architecture and Design do with Exposed Copper Pipes in a bathroom.  Ready to brave the gates at Berghain? See map below for location.  View Larger Map






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