Room with a view

With its floor-to-ceiling glass, stand-alone tub and seamless flow, this master suite creates a relaxing sanctuary
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Contemporary bathroom with unique bathtub

Contemporary bathrooms designed as tranquil retreats are often far too inviting to be hidden away behind closed doors. Today, they are much more likely to be an integral part of a large master suite.

This suite in a new city house was designed with such a retreat in mind. Architect Brian Meyerson of BMA says the owners wanted to enjoy the whole space, with no restriction to the flow between bedroom and bathroom.

"The suite needed to be comfortable and generously proportioned, and it also had to maximise the city and harbour views," he says.

To this end, the bathroom is open to the bedroom, although a large glass cavity slider door can be pulled to separate the rooms if required.


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Contemporary bathroom with unique bathtub

Floor-to-ceiling glazing features in both the bathroom and bedroom, which opens to a private terrace. The owners can also enjoy the view from a freestanding tub on a small pedestal, or from a slot window in the large, open shower area. And the entire wall behind the vanity unit is mirrored to enhance the sense of space and reflect the view beyond.

Continuity of materials was another priority, says interior designer Shellee Gordoun of Shellee Gordoun Interiors.

"The grey palette of basaltina stone, limestone and Calacatta marble can be seen throughout the house."

Meyerson says the basaltina adds a fossil quality to the bathroom, with the raw simplicity of the stone contrasting the polished and patterned marble slabs.

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Contemporary bathroom with unique bathtub

The linear architecture of the house is also echoed by the geometric form of the cantilevered vanity top and Zero square-edged handbasins.

Warm grey tones reappear in the bedroom, which features a highly textured, cloud-patterned rug, and a wall upholstered in fabric and ostrich leather panels.

May 07, 2010
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