Modern bathroom benefits from balanced layout and a light-filled shower

Symmetry plays a part in this bathroom’s striking presence. However, perhaps its most elemental pleasure is tucked away out of sight

​​​​​​​This symmetrical bathroom design puts the circular tub
​​​​​​​This symmetrical bathroom design puts the circular tub and the Dekton-clad blade wall backdrop at centre stage.

Not every bathroom reveals all its features as soon as you enter. The main bathing and vanity zone here is all light and mirrors, but natural light is introduced at the rear.

The owners had wanted a modern ambience for their new home, without it feeling extreme, says architect Taras Wolf, who designed the house and ensuite, with material input coming from interior designer Penny Del Castillo.

“The resulting contemporary architecture translated well into the home’s interior design which is elegant with a timeless feel,” says Wolf.

“Part of the owners’ wishes had been to achieve a strong emotional resonance for the interior, and this included this master ensuite.

“To achieve this feel in the bathroom, we looked at everything from materiality through to lighting – creating a bathing space with warmth, strong materials and a pleasing symmetry.”

A central feature of the master ensuite is a freestanding stone bath. This is accentuated by the elegant backdrop of a Dekton-finished wall, which includes a niche suitable to rest a glass of wine on while enjoying a blissful soak.

Hidden behind this wall is the twin shower, above which a full-width skylight provides for the luxury of showering under the sky or stars.

The layout is geometrical and symmetrical but at the same time practical, with everything to hand including generous open storage.

The central bath and shower zone separates the generous his and hers vanities which are located on opposite sides of the room.

High-quality materials, both natural and synthetic, were utilised throughout the bathroom, but luxury finishes were introduced with some restraint. The architect and interior designer were conscious that stand-out surfaces could detract from the focal point of the design.

“Brushed copper fixtures were chosen to complement the robust stone tilework and also to add a touch of glamour,” says Del Castillo.

Every element in this ensuite exudes a refined ambience, without resorting to sparkle. The outcome is a restrained yet luxe aesthetic.

Credit list

Vanity cabinetry
Navurban Windsor timber veneer, pre-finished; Nikpol-Egger Melamine Board – white, with Perfect Sense Matt
Veil, from Harvey Norman
Wall finishes
Dekton, by Cosentino; Dulux paint
Basins, taps, and accessories
Gessi from Reece
Dekton Radium panel, by Cosentino
Shower stall
Signorino porcelain panel, by Slimtech
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner

Designed by: Taras Wolf, Wolf Architects

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Sophie Tomaras, Damien Cook

13 Sep, 2020

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