With a handful of staff devoted to just spray research, it’s no wonder that Hansgrohe produces some of the most innovative showers in the world. The first company to add air to water – simultaneously using less water while making it feel as if there is more – Hansgrohe has a raft of dynamic showers. And it is now possible to try out 19 of the best in possibly the world’s largest bathroom, ShowerWorld. Covering 250 square metres, ShowerWorld is situated in Hansgrohe’s home town Schiltach in Germany’s Black Forest where 1,300 of the town’s 4,000 inhabitants are employed by the company.
ShowerWorld gives visitors the chance to try out the full range of Hansgrohe Raindance showers, shower panels and showerpipes, including the Raindance Rainfall overhead shower and the large-scale Raindance Rainmaker at 600 mm diameter, plus showers from the designer collections of the Axor range.
And there’s no need to feel guilty afterwards: all of the shower water is reused to flush the toilets in the facility, thanks to the Pontos AquaCycle grey-water recycling plant, also made by Hansgrohe.
“Water is a good way to relax,” says Philippe Grohe, brand manager of Axor and grandson of the founder. “The biggest challenge of the next few years is to satisfy this wellbeing while respecting resources.”