Sculptural tub set apart and surrounded by nature

With a bathing zone that makes the most of leafy outlooks, and featuring travertine walls and floors, this ensuite has the air of a private, calm oasis

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Black beauty – on this master ensuite by Lloyd Hartley Architects, the sculptural tub has the feel of being set apart and surrounded by nature. The bathtub tonally matches the custom powdercoated fittings and fixtures seen throughout the home.

When your days are full-on, a tranquil ensuite provides the ultimate respite from the world. Such was the requirement and outcome with this restful bathroom design by Ben Lloyd and Mike Hartley of Lloyd Hartley Architects who undertook a full renovation of this 1960s home.

“By positioning the ensuite at the rear of the home, we were able to take advantage of views out onto a planted hillside,” says Lloyd. “Plus   this area of the property has a large Pohutukawa tree that contributes to the views and creates ever-changing light conditions in the ensuite.”

The master ensuite opens up to this verdant environment with full height windows and a skylight that spans over the shower stall. And by lighting the Pohutukawa and the lower landscaping at night this effect is amplified.

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Located at the rear of this bathroom, the shower and toilet areas are fronted in textured glass doors to bring privacy but also to admit light.

The modest-sized ensuite has a linear layout with the bathing zone at the outer end of the space and the shower stall and toilet cubicle at the other end. Operable vertical black louvres in the bath area let the bather control privacy and views. And privacy for the ground-floor space is also addressed with roller blinds on tracks that are discreetly recessed into the ceiling.

Black, sculptural and standing apart, the tub is a star feature of the ensuite and connects with other elements in the room, such as the custom black vanities and ladder towel rails.

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In direct contrast to the curvaceous tub, the sinks and granite-topped vanity in this bathroom are clean-lined and rectangular. A bottom overhang on the wall cabinetry’s mirror fronts allows for easy pull-to-open access without leaving the marks that push-to-open cabinetry would have.

“The bathroom has a luxurious palette that combines warm travertine stone with textured plaster walls, brass, black granite benchtops and black powdercoated aluminium to create a cohesive and inviting ambience,” says Lloyd.

These material choices continue the aesthetic of the wider home, too, with travertine stone and black detailing seen throughout the interior.

The ensuite achieves a sense of greater space in part by having the windows and louvres run the full height of the room – accentuating its volume. In addition, the bank of mirror-fronted wall cabinets both double the room’s apparent size and introduce a wealth of storage.

Textured glass doors to the shower and toilet bring privacy while ensuring they’re well lit.

Credit list

Ben Lloyd, Mike Hartley, Lloyd Hartley Architects
Cabinetry maker
By Johannes Erren Cabinet Makers
Icon in Eco Brass finish, from Astra Walker
Showerstall and flooring
Travertine tiles, from SCE Stone + Design
Tower rails
Custom full-height heated towel rail in matt black, from DC Short
Benchtop, vanity, custom sinks
Zimbabwe Black Granite, from SCE Stone + Design
Apaiser Freestanding Stone Bath
Shower fittings
Mare Slide Shower, from Plumbline, with Astra Walker Mixers in Eco Brass finish­
Wall treatments
Travertine tiles, from SCE Stone + Design; Ambitec Suave Interior Plaster Finish
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Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: David Straight

06 Oct, 2018

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