Calm, understated and relaxing, this bathroom features bold, simple and overall strong shapes with a complete absence of bling

Warm, natural tones in this ensuite are complemented by a sculptural stone-look tub and vanity basin

When the outlooks are as stunning as those enjoyed by this master bathroom, having access to the views was always going to be a likely ask from the homeowners. In fact it was one of many requests to designer Wendy King of Landmark Homes North from the owners who had strong design ideas but didn’t have a clear direction.

“Their previous home was Bali inspired and had included a stone bath and stone vanity bowls – which they both loved. So this look was taken up again for this bathroom.”

In broader terms, the owners wanted a calm, understated and relaxing space that featured bold, simple and overall strong shapes. At the same time, they didn’t want any bling.

​​​​​​​Taken from within the glass walled shower enclosure, gray
​​​​​​​Taken from within the glass walled shower enclosure, this image shows the glorious whole-wall outlook for the occupants of this ensuite.

In terms of physical requirements, along with a view from the bath they wanted a strong connection to the outdoors generally.

“To achieve this, the ensuite – located at a protruding corner of the home – has a tall, narrow window at one end, in the shower stall,” says King. 

“And at the other end, where the tub is, there’s a whole wall-sized sliding glass door for a direct connection to the outdoors.”

Designed by King, the long, sleek wall-hung, wood vanity has only a single countertop bowl but lots of counter space – another request of the owners. And a little like in the owners’ earlier home, both the vanity bowl and matching tub have the look of stone, although here they are actually in hard-wearing Snow Quartz acrylic.

“We also showed them matt finishes on taps and accessories to avoid any sense of bling.”

​​​​​​​One way to make a space look bigger gray
​​​​​​​One way to make a space look bigger and to ensure access to the views from all areas is to introduce a frameless glass shower. The shower area in this ensuite appears all the more minimalist with just a rainhead and hand-held shower and no slider, plus the choice of an unobtrusive strip drain to the rear. As well as enjoying indirect light from behind the wall mirror, the vanity is underlit to elegant effect.

For convenience, the large walk-in shower with glass screen includes a rainhead shower and a hand-held shower. Niches provide for soaps and shampoo.

With pale large-format floor-to-ceiling tiles, an abundance of natural light and recessed LED lighting behind the built-out vanity mirror, the ensuite has the pared back, restful feel required.

“The finishing touch is the hand-blown glass pendants sourced by the owners,” says King.

Credit list

Wendy King, Landmark Homes North
Quila Oval freestanding bath in Snow Quartz
Waterware Istone oval basin in Snow Quartz
Shower stall
Tiled level-entry shower with frameless glass screen by NZ glass with Allproof Vision tile insert shower channel drain
Waterware Luci 2 suite
Floor and wall tiles
European Ceramics Burlington White 800 x 400
Manrose SF150s inline fan
Hot water systems
Econergy heat pump C/W with EC300L S/S cylinder
Dusky Elm Wildernesscabinetry, custom-built by Bella Kitchens
Tub pourer
Astra Walker Meir Round freestanding bath filler
Waterware Urban wall-mounted basin mixer, in brushed stainless steel
Shower fittings
Waterware Urban wall mounted hand shower set and Urban rain shower
Astra Walker Meir Round towel rail and toilet roll holder; mirror by NZ Glass with LED strip behind
Hand-blown glass pendants by Monmouth Glass Studio, LEDstrip lighting and recessed LED lights
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)Bathrooms – Runner up

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Dmitri Kotelevski

26 Apr, 2020

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