November 5 – Yesterday, I was in London for the Architect of the Year Awards where my design for a Sustainable Education Pavilion was announced as winner of the BD/Dyson Airblade Washroom of the Future competition.
Dyson teamed up with BD Magazine to run this competition. There was a reasonably open brief but essentially they were looking for a radically different and creative designs for washroom facilities that were also practical, environmental and featured a Dyson Airblade.
Taking on board the environmental element of the brief, I decided to design a solution intended for an environmental visitor centre run by an educational charity. The result was the Sustainable Education Pavilion, which provides an outdoor structure where activities , such as pond-dipping, can be conducted and houses a toilet and hand washing facility. Rainwater collected from the roof is used for hand-washing with the waste water passes through three reedbeds, which cleans it before it is returned to the lake. The structure was designed to make this process visible to its users so that their interaction with it becomes part of their educational experience.
As part of the prize for this competition, its sponsors paid to have the design illustrated by Emperor Vision. The images on this page are the result of this.