Master ensuite with Japanese influence has pivot windows opening to landscaped courtyard

Contemporary master bathroom has Japanese soaking tub with teak surround, indoor-outdoor flow, cantilevered stone vanity top

Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Michael Nicholson
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Pivoting windows over this tub open out to a sheltered, Japanese-style garden courtyard, complete with gecko colony. The tub surround is teak decking with caulking similar to the decking used on yachts. The timber flows outdoors to form a window seat in the garden. Thehouse designed by Tanner Kibble Denton Architects.

In a clifftop house that flows seamlessly between private and public spaces, and between inside and out, it is only natural that the master suite will reflect a similar design response.

And so it is with this project designed by architects John Rose and Renata Ratcliffe of Tanner Kibble Denton Architects (TKDA).

The master suite echoes the serene nature of the rest of the pavilion-style house, which references both Japanese and Balinese architecture, says architect John Rose.


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This new bathroom by Tanner Kibble Denton Architects has a long, narrow design, with the Japanese-style tub and step-down shower in line with the main axis. The position of the tub allows a glimpse of the harbour view out through a window in the bedroom.

"One of the owners is Australian and the other is Japanese so that had a strong bearing on the design of the bathroom, which needed to celebrate the bathing ritual," he says. "And while they wanted a luxurious retreat, the suite needed to feel homely, not like a hotel."

Large pivoting windows beside a deep tub open up the bathroom to a traditional Japanese courtyard garden

"The windows blur the divide between indoors and outdoors, so you feel as though you are bathing out in the open," says Ratcliffe. "The feeling is enhanced by yacht-style teak decking with caulking that forms the tub surround and then flows outside to create a window seat. But we haven't forgotten the harbour view. The tub is directly aligned with a window on the opposite wall in the bedroom, so the owners can glimpse the harbour and city lights and see the moon rising from the tub."

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Natural timbers, including western red cedar and rosewood, reinforce the serenity of this master suite in a new house designed by Tanner Kibble Denton Architects.

A long, cantilevered stone shelf supports his-and-hers basins, each with its own mirror suspended on a steel rod. Similar stone features in the step-down double shower on the same axis, and on the floor and walls.

"The natural materials echo the palette of the rest of the house," says Rose. "They help to put the focus on contemplation. For this reason, also, the suite is the quieter side of the house."

Other features of the suite include a steam room, toilet room, walk-in wardrobe and gym.

Sep 25, 2015

Credit list

Architect
John Rose, Renata Ratcliffe, Tanner Kibble Denton Architects (Sydney)
Bath
Bathe
Taps
Rogerseller Tonic
Shower fittings
Abey; Bathe, Rogerseller
Flooring
Creme Royale slab from Calibre Tiles
Lighting
Lite Source;
Vanity cabinetry
Grey ironbark from Briggs Veneers
Basins
Boyd Alternatives Small Oval
Shower stall
Low-iron (Starfire) toughened frameless frosted glass from Viridian
Accessories
DC Short; Rogerseller; Hydrotherm TR
Wall tiles
Creme Royale from Calibre Tiles
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
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