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Master bathroom opens up to master bedroom to optimise light and space

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Large format tiles, cantilevered elements and a large operable wall all give this bathroom an upmarket hotel-like ambience

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Bathrooms often have to meet a variety of owner demands beyond being an easy place to bathe and freshen up. And this dual-use master suite is an excellent case in point. It forms part of a brand new high-end apartment by architect Rob Nerlich.

"The brief from the owners was to create an urban oasis which would be their home during the week and leased for corporate short stays in the weekend," says Nerlich. "The main challenge was to arrange storage and circulation to seamlessly integrate secure areas for owner storage when the apartment was let."

In the master suite this was achieved by having walk-in robe joinery doors that can be completely secured – hiding their presence. Guests instead use the wall robe, unaware of the secret room behind them.

The suite was to have a resort-like feel, including a feature operable wall which opens the ensuite to the bedroom and views through to the balcony beyond.

"In terms of materials and colour, the bathroom has a natural grey-brown palette – seen in the large-format stone floor and wall tiles, the Kimberly Brown granite benchtop and prominent grout lines."


As well as the luxurious look of stone, the bathroom has flush thresholds, mitred corners and a slot-drain at the wall line – all adding to the resort-like feel. Adding to the bathroom's seamless design, the plumbing for the shower, toilet and basin is concealed in the built-out wall that runs behind the shower and vanity.

Indirect warm low-level strip-lighting in the ensuite and wall spots in the bedroom and robe complete the resort-like feel.

Credit List

ArchitectMcMahon and Nerlich Architects; design team – Rob Nerlich, Kate McMahon, and Kevin Samuel
Vanity cabinetryCos Interiors
BenchtopKimberly Brown granite, honed, by Corsi & Nicolai
BathKaldewei Conoduo, with easy-clean enamel
BasinDuravit Vero above-counter basin with overflow
TapsMetropolis basin mixer by Astra Walker
Shower fittingsHansgrohe Croma 100 Vario overhead shower with Metropolis mixer by Astra Walker
ToiletCube Wall Faced Invisi Series II Toilet Suite by Caroma
Wall tilesLevigato Stone ceramic wall tiles by The City Tiler
FlooringRock Nero ceramic floor tiles by The City Tiler
Hot water systemsRinnai Prestige Solar Hot Water
LightingMasson For Light and About Space
AccessoriesVirtu Circuit by Caroma
AwardsTrends International Design Awards (TIDA)Bathrooms – Highly Commended

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