Monday, February 14, 2011

weetu loves 3(rd)

Happy Valentines Day everybody! weetu loves you.

Today is also a good day to share our love for the number 3. Third place, that is. weetu was so amused at Architizer's Design Challenge: NYC's Worst Bathroom Competition that wee just had to submit. Kenny Lao and his disgusting "Trainspotting" inspired bathroom needed some magic! Though we had the best intentions to focus on this little competition, timing favored plenitude of new client projects as the deadline neared. Snowpocalypse 2011 wasn't even enough to slow us down.

Led by weetu designstar Carmen Cervantes, the team submitted "Kenny's BathBox" in the final few moments prior to the deadline. Phew! The intent behind Kenny's BathBox was to create a well-defined, yet, deceivingly open space by defining 2 primary zones.

1. The raised tiled “box” for toilet and shower

2. The linear wood surfaced dry zone for vanity/sink and storage

Kenny had some specific requirements for his future bathroom, such as the ability to drink directly from the faucet and a preference to not have a partition around the shower. The design succeeds in not only addressing all of the items on Kenny's wish list, but opens the tiny space up to feel more spacious than it is. It also leaves the current systems intact, with only minimal modifications. The overall approach is not only easy on the eyes, but also on the pocketbook.

We had a great time putting it together, but had chalked it up to a fun learning experience. A week later Architizer reported that weetu was selected as an honoree. Why so excited about 3rd place? Carmen states "Good things come in 3! Maybe next time, if we don't wait until the last moment and spend more than a day on it, we'll win the grand prize!" A fine goal, nonetheless. As they say- you have to play to win and next time we may just be #1.

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