Reflective outlook

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This bathroom's restrained palette creates a gallery-like ambiance where amenities double as sculptures and the scenery is framed in picture windows
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Niche Alcoves provide a visual break in the bathrooms elongated floor-to-ceiling cabinetry.

Letting scenery take pride of place in a bathroom doesn't have to be at the expense of an interesting interior. One way to make the most of both indoors and outdoors is to have them stand in quiet contrast.

This bathroom is part of a whole-house remodel by architect Bje¶rn Skaptason. The home has an attractive, leafy outlook, and the architect has maximized appreciation of the space in several ways.

A restrained palette of white and, to a lesser extent, black creates an art gallery-like decor that lets the color and life of nature stand out at the windows. The effect is all the greater through Skaptason's retention of classic window frames, which are in keeping with the 1890s Massachusetts home, and delicately frame the picturesque views.

"A floor-to-ceiling mirror visually doubles the already generous amount of natural light and greenery," says Skaptason. "However, this mirror fulfills another strategic function, too. The suite of curvaceous utilities featured in the bathroom includes two standing elliptical basins. By backing these onto the mirror, they effectively look like freestanding sculptural forms, matching the nearby freestanding elliptical bathtub."


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This renovation project balances the beauty of nature with man-made aesthetics

The overall effect is a little like a minimalist sculpture gallery. The white walls that maximize the scenery also make the most of these fixtures.

"With so much light flooding into the space, the off-white walls act as backdrops for shadow plays from the curved porcelain forms," says Skaptason. "We are bombarded by so many colors in our-day-to-day lives that I have made this space a tranquil, reflective respite, where pale tones, soft curves, shadows, and the restful look of nature hold sway."

The bathroom's celebration of form extends beyond the vanities and tub to the room itself. Vertical cabinetry pieces flank the floor-to-ceiling mirror. Their stretched dimensions lead the eye up to the ceiling, emphasizing the height of the room.

"The ceiling has a sculptural presence of its own," says the architect. "By layering ceiling levels, the lower ceiling planes visually accentuate the height of the uppermost ceilings, making the room appear even taller than it actually is."

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Widows can be covered by electronically operated blinds tucked into the upper window frames

In addition, the sculptured, curved ceiling lines provide an echo of the soft sculptured forms standing on the granite floor below.

"As white walls contrast with the verdant outlook, so, too do the modern ceilings contrast with the traditional windows," says Skaptason. "Everything about the space is in balance, allowing both interior and exterior to be equally well-appreciated."

Dec 02, 2007

Credit list

Builder
S & H Construction
Faucets and shower fittings
Laufen Bagno Alessi in chrome by Oras
Wallcoverings
Neutral-finish aluminum; painted plaster walls by Andrews Painting
Ventilation
Lifebreath HRV (heat-recovery ventilation)
Window frames
Marvin
Bathtub, basin and toilet
Hot water systems
Viessmann indirect
Lighting
Wever + Ducré Plano 2 in matte white
Flooring
Stained walnut; espresso polished granite from Patina Belics
Blinds
Lutron
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