Clean lines and a restrained palette create a sense of drama in a design that re-invents how a bathroom is used

Appealing symmetry meets combined functionality in this seamlessly merged bathroom and dressing space

Clean lines and a restrained material palette might not sound like the makings of a glamour retreat – but this design proves just the opposite.

Reinventing how a bathroom is used, this design incorporates the dressing area within the ensuite. This move enhances and expedites the experience of getting oneself ready for the day, says Gavin Hestelow, the homeowner and in-house architect at Giorgi, the firm that designed the home.

“Comprised of distinct dry and wet zones, the bathroom takes inspiration from Japanese rituals of bathing,” says Hestelow.

Appealingly symmetrical, the dressing area is centred around a circular, freestanding bath. This curvaceous element to an extent divides the room, as well as providing a sculptural focus.

“Overall, the master ensuite/dressing space is designed to exude simplicity and focuses on the expression of materials,” says Hestelow. “The timber laminate walls are only punctuated by two simple, in-line black archways – to the bedroom at one end and the shower at the other.”

In fact, the black archway to the rear draws you into a modest vestibule before actually entering the generous shower room and toilet beyond. This set-up not only maintains the total privacy required in the combined bathroom/dressing room, it also keeps any moisture from the shower zone away from the dressing area.

The entire bathroom is crowned by beautiful scalloped ceilings complete with skylights. The latter add to the ensuite’s sense of volume and, importantly, bathe the space in natural light.

“Overall, the ceiling’s subtle curves contrast square forms in the bathroom, softening key features and creating a calming environment.

​​​​​​​Warm wood laminate surfaces conceal wardrobe facilities in
​​​​​​​Warm wood laminate surfaces conceal wardrobe facilities in this combined bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.

The brushed and sandblasted Bluestone floor tiles are pleasing underfoot and anchor the light cabinetry and natural stone vanity benchtops.

“These natural materials exude a sense of luxury akin to a pampering day spa,” says the architect. “As part of this, the durable wood-look laminate panels conceal all robing needs while ensuring everything is readily to hand.”

Credit list

Architect and owner
Gavin Hestelow, Giorgi
Benchtops and bath pourer plinth
Elias Silver stone slab, honed, by Bernini
Custom, solid surface
Bath pourer
Milli Pure Prog Bath Mix System
Toilet suite
Roca Dama-N
Towel rails
Scala, black
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner
Home designer
Cleaf Light Rovere laminate; Melamine, black
Shinto Matte White Stone Bath
Shower fittings
Milli Pure Shower Head; Milli Pure Prog Shower Mixer
Toilet roll holder
Milli Pure Toilet Roll Holder MB
Bluestone, brushed and sandblasted, by Odins Ceramics

Designed by: Gavin Hestelow, Giorgi

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: D-MAX Photography

23 Aug, 2020

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