Circle of light

Generous open space, abundant natural light andsmooth, heated floors make this bathroom a welcoming destination
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The corridor to the bathroom

When space is not strictly limited, sheer volume can work as a feature element. Factors such as size and shape can play a central role in a design and the right touches of detail will really set them off.

The brief for this project was simple to create a modern and inviting bathroom, says Gilles Depardon of Ogawa Depardon Architects.

"The space was generous, taking up the front half of the top story in a four-level townhouse," says Depardon. "The master bedroom takes up the rear of this floor, and a long narrow corridor runs alongside a central courtyard to connect the bedroom to the master bath."

The architect used various elements to create a sense of connection between the rooms.

"Situated at the front of the home, the bathroom needed both privacy and a glimpse of the world beyond the windows," he says.

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View of the basin & window

A porthole of clear glass in the room's frosted windows provides both, and acts as an intriguing feature as seen from the bedroom.

Inviting this gaze down the corridor accentuates the bathroom's size, and its interior is also designed to make the most of its proportions.

"The bathroom is generous in size and so too are elements within it, such as the tub and central mirror. A sense of space is also enhanced with vanity cabinetry that has a furniture look to it."

The figured maple vanity unit echoes a bank of cabinetry in the corridor that provides storage for both bathroom and bedroom. This link between the bathroom and corridor makes the bathroom feel more like an extension of the bedroom.

Another simple yet dramatic feature is the room's abundance of natural light.

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Overview of the shower

"With no structural walls in the layout, light spreads from the central courtyard void out through the home," says the architect.

Frosted laminate behind the tub reflects the light, and conceals a large open shower and the toilet cubicle. On the other side of the shower, another frosted panel lets in light from the courtyard.

No door separates the bathroom from the corridor, so definition is in the flooring. Travertine tiles give way to limestone tiles in the corridor. Like the overall decor, the break is subtle and effective.

Apr 24, 2003

Credit list

Gilles Depardon, Kathryn Ogawa, Ogawa Depardon Architects (New York)
Jacuzzi tub from Quintessentials, French Limestone surround from Quarry Tile, with statuary white marble top from Techna
Custom tiles from Heath Ceramics
Pratt and Lambert paint
Downlights from Regianni, pendants and sconces, Steng Light by Light Project
Tony Stanzione, Roger Jones
Cabinetry with natural figured maple finish from Phillip Silver Woodworking, stone from Quarry Tile
Faucets and shower fittings
Tara Series in polished chrome from Dornbracht
Crosscut filled travertine from Quarry Tile
Custom designed by Kallen & Lemelson
Megawood Windows, installed by Bright Windows
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