Lagares Showroom by RCR Arquitectes
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Contemplative and enigmatic, the Lagares Showroom in Girona, Spain, bears greater resemblance to a highbrow gallery installation than a sales floor. Dozens of porcelain and white-lacquered sinks, toilets, and other fixtures hang from a concrete ceiling on high-tension steel rods. For this unusual project, Spain's RCR Arquitectes paired up with lighting-design studio Artec3 (which has offices in Barcelona, London, and Mexico City) to craft a scheme inspired by the minimalism of Japanese Zen gardens, says the team. Halogen lamps beam shafts of light from above, creating a dramatic play of illumination and shadow and contributing to the illusion that the fixtures hover over the showroom floor. For its efforts, Artec3 won the International Association of Lighting Designers' Award of Excellence. Bidets have never looked better.