Master bathroom opens up to master bedroom to optimise light and space

Large format tiles, cantilevered elements and a large operable wall all give this bathroom an upmarket hotel-like ambience

Large-format wall and floor tiles add to the architecture, bathroom, interior design, window, gray, black
Large-format wall and floor tiles add to the spa-like feel in this open-plan master bathroom.

Bathrooms often have to meet a variety of owner demands beyond being an easy place to bathe and freshen up. And this dual-use master suite is an excellent case in point. It forms part of a brand new high-end apartment by architect Rob Nerlich.

"The brief from the owners was to create an urban oasis which would be their home during the week and leased for corporate short stays in the weekend," says Nerlich. "The main challenge was to arrange storage and circulation to seamlessly integrate secure areas for owner storage when the apartment was let."

In the master suite this was achieved by having walk-in robe joinery doors that can be completely secured hiding their presence. Guests instead use the wall robe, unaware of the secret room behind them.

Silk-linen drapes and a velvet chair bring balance architecture, estate, interior design, property, real estate, room, window, gray
Silk-linen drapes and a velvet chair bring balance to this ensuite which is open to the wider master suite setting. Fixed and sliding timber screens provide privacy and solar control as appropriate for the apartments beach side setting.

The suite was to have a resort-like feel, including a feature operable wall which opens the ensuite to the bedroom and views through to the balcony beyond.

"In terms of materials and colour, the bathroom has a natural grey-brown palette seen in the large-format stone floor and wall tiles, the Kimberly Brown granite benchtop and prominent grout lines."

As well as the luxurious look of stone, the bathroom has flush thresholds, mitred corners and a slot-drain at the wall line all adding to the resort-like feel. Adding to the bathroom's seamless design, the plumbing for the shower, toilet and basin is concealed in the built-out wall that runs behind the shower and vanity.

A feature circular mirror conceals storage and reinforces architecture, bathroom, countertop, floor, flooring, interior design, kitchen, product design, sink, tap, tile, gray
A feature circular mirror conceals storage and reinforces the compositional design of this master suite. The choice of a wall-hung vanity and toilet maximises the sense of space.

Indirect warm low-level strip-lighting in the ensuite and wall spots in the bedroom and robe complete the resort-like feel.

Credit list

McMahon and Nerlich Architects; design team Rob Nerlich, Kate McMahon, and Kevin Samuel
Kimberly Brown granite, honed,
Duravit Vero above-counter basin with overflow
Shower fittings
Hansgrohe Croma 100 Vario overhead shower with Metropolis mixer by Astra Walker
Wall tiles
Levigato Stone ceramic wall tiles
Hot water systems
Rinnai Prestige Solar Hot Water
Virtu Circuit by Caroma
Vanity cabinetry
Cos Interiors
Kaldewei Conoduo, with easy-clean enamel
Metropolis basin mixer by Astra Walker
Cube Wall Faced Invisi Series II Toilet Suite by Caroma
Rock Nero ceramic floor tiles
Masson For Light and About Space
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Superk

22 Dec, 2016

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