Being a perpetual renter who thrives in the city life, we don't have much room to be picky about our bathroom amenities. We've even seen (and considered—eek!) a unit where the bathroom opened right up into the kitchen. There was no door, no wall and clearly no sanitation standards. But a lack of space doesn't have to mean a lack of getting what you want anymore. The Vertebrae stacks a toilet, sink, water cistern and two showers into one 8-foot-tall steel column.
It has a price tag of £9,000 and is aimed at space-conscious householders who struggle to fit a traditional shower, sink and toilet into their bathroom space. The Vertebrae was designed by Paul Hernon with small apartments in mind. He said he noticed bathroom space had been declining in the UK rental market. He envisions that builders and architects might make use of his design and create apartments in the future that have very abbreviated bathrooms to give tenants more space to live in. By stacking bathroom amenities on top of each other, you're taking up lesser-used vertical space and gaining much-needed horizontal floor space. The two showers - one for adults and one for children - both rotate 180 degrees while the other units all rotate a full 360 degrees. They all twist around a steel column which contains all the piping, and each part simply pushes out when it is required. Vertebrae weighs about 330 pounds, so homeowners and building owners might have to reinforce their bathroom floor before fitting it. It also costs $14,050, which is just a teeny bit too much to ask your landlord to install the vertebrae, especially when he wouldn't even let you paint the walls. [ via Daily mail ]