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Discussions with Tom [Ferguson, from TFAD] highlighted our shared city-dweller experience of desiring that 'dream bathroom' but having to work within the limitations of smaller houses or apartments. The realistic experience of many in older buildings sees the client and designer working within restricted boundaries, and we decided to explore this in my "dream bathroom refurbishment".
Working to the many benefits of older spaces, I liked the idea of a good old fashioned ceiling height and bringing the views from outside, back in to the space, embracing natural light wherever possible. Combining the bath and showers into one 'wet area', raised above the main bathroom area was a way of defining the various uses for the room and separating their functions. Using feature lighting and a dynamic mirror from Jaime Hayon and BD Barcelona helps to introduce some character to what needs, chiefly, to be a clean and uncluttered space.
Owen's brief called for a bathroom with a view that had a streamlined aesthetic but with a warmth and texture in materials. He desired a separation of wet and dry areas and a toilet that was not part of the main bathroom space.
Picking up on the view aspect and Owen's own living situation, this bathroom imagines a top floor apartment location with an existing small bedroom and storage room converted into a bathroom. A large picture window takes in the view and a skylight takes advantage of the top floor position. The timber floored entry area contains a floating vanity with double basin, a frosted glass concealed toilet space, wall hung mirror and space for a bench seat. Stepping up onto the slab marble shower and bath area helps delineate the wet half of the room while also providing space for plumbing to run beneath the raised floor. A floor to ceiling heated towel rail also acts as a kind of screen element while the shower area is large enough not to require screens.
The strength of the marble floor and wall slabs is balanced by the white herringbone wall tiles which are laid in relief to give texture and softness to what would otherwise be a hard tiled wall surface. The warmth of the timber floor rounds out the space by providing a softness and making the bathroom feel less "bathroomy"