A volcanic stone bathtub is the centrepiece here

Sleek Carrara marble and bevelled mirrors contrast organic volcanic stone in this modern master suite

Resort suites are all about indulgence and relaxation. So, too is this master suite, which was modeled on a tropical resort retreat.

Architect Martin Grounds of Grounds Kent Architects and interior designer Christian Lyon of Christian Lyon Design worked closely with the owners and the builder Gage Roads Group to ensure the suite would not only be luxurious and contemporary, but would also maximize a great view.

Grounds says the suite was designed around the piéce de resistance a large stone tub carved from a single piece of volcanic rock from Java.

"The tub, which has been highly polished both inside and out, is an artwork in itself," the architect says. "It introduces a strong organic form to contrast with the sleek, Carrara marble tiles on the walls and floor."


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In this modern master suite, a large double shower, designed as a wet room, features two marble columns that conceal the plumbing. There is also an outdoor shower in the courtyard beyond.

Lyon says the hewn rock also provides a visual reference to a huge limestone cliff in front of the property, which is essentially part of the fabric of the house.

The tub is positioned beside a full-height glass wall, so the owners can enjoy the view while bathing. And it's not the only fixture to be placed to maximize the view. The toilet room also looks out to the river in the distance.

To enhance the modern, spacious feel of the bathroom, the vanity is cantilevered it appears to be suspended in front of a mirrored glass wall.

"The floating effect created by the vanity enhances the strong horizontal lines of the architecture," says Grounds.

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The master bed in this modern master suite rests against a marble-topped cabinet. The house was designed by Grounds Kent Architects.

Beveled mirror panels on either side of the vanity provide glittering, multifaceted reflections of the natural light and view. They also counter the more masculine look of the stone tub, says Lyon.

A large double shower, designed as a wet room with a trench drain, features glass walls that provide a view to a private courtyard. The controls and plumbing for two showers, including a rainhead shower, are positioned on Carrara marble columns that resemble plinths. Recessed shelves within the marble can be used for toiletries.

There is also an outdoor shower in the walled courtyard, which further enhances the sense of a private tropical resort hideaway.

Oct 06, 2013
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