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Based on the principles of Frank Lloyd Wright, this engaging bathroom features an infinity-edge tub and a decor that showcases the scenery
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A strong design in this bathroom

Following the style of a famous architect often means integrating the themes of their work with an occasional nod to the contemporary.

For this bathroom, architect Paul Gilger utilized Frank Lloyd Wright's principles of following a design grid, employing natural materials and maintaining a close relationship with the outdoors.

At the same time, the occasional contemporary element provides the room with visual flourish.

"The home's overall design, and by extension the bathroom, adheres to a 4 foot design grid," says Gilger. "This pattern is in evidence throughout the room, from the structural posts between windows to the mirror sizes and the two-foot-square Beauvigny limestone tiles on the wall and floors."

Working to this pattern created a pleasingly uniform decor that could be achieved on a reasonable budget.


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View of the two-person shower

"Builders working on the project appreciated the comprehensive grid structure of the room. Tile placement was easy to configure, and the wiring for the sconces and downlights was also easily positioned within the grid."

This pattern extends to the tub's raised decking, which measures 4 feet by 8 feet. The decking is raised to allow for an optimum view from the tub, the room's central feature. The infinity edge tub's overflowing surface is in harmony with the harbor beyond the windows, the designer says.

Another arresting feature of the tub is its pourer, situated in the ceiling.

"Visitors to the bathroom are often asked to locate the pourer," says Gilger. "But no one ever thinks to looks up."

The pourer has a specially designed aperture which allows a splash-free column of water to fill the tub without spattering the adjacent windows.

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A view of the dry sauna

While the tub is an eye-catching feature, much of the room's design is oriented to make the most of the view.

From the doorway, angled mirrors reflect the harbor, and the room's situation at a corner of the house maximizes the window space. In keeping with Wright's principles, the decor pays homage to the greater landscape by the use of earthy materials and by not upstaging the view.

The wide use of limestone is matched by natural-stained Douglas fir trim and cherry cabinetry.

"Demure tones and honest materials harmonize well with the home's external environment," says Gilger. "For example, the Douglas fir surrounds provide a visual connection with the same wood used on the exterior, which can be seen from the bathroom."

Apr 24, 2003

Credit list

Architect
Paul Gilger, Hedgpeth Architects (Santa Rosa, CA)
Lighting designer
Al Zaparolli, Techlinea
Basins
Vitra Solex frosted, formed glass bowls
Sauna
Custom installation
Ceiling pourer
Kohler
Stained glass windows
Designed by Paul Gilger, fabricated by Mary Page of Stained Glass of Marin
Interior designer
Carol Lorenz, Lorenz Interiors
Flooring
Beauvigny French limestone, from Alpha Granite & Tile
Fittings and shower systems
Grohe
Tub
Kohler Sok infinity-edge tub
Cabinetry
Downsview Contrada, finished in pearwood veneer
Lighting
Glass cylinder sconces from Phoenix Day
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