Simply tranquil

Simplicity reigns in this master bathroom, where the emphasis is on the sculptural form of the tub
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Jim Bartsch
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Paring back a bathroom to its core elements can create a very tranquil, relaxing space, but this doesn't have to involve a minimalist design approach, as this project shows.

Designed by architect Trevor Abramson of Abramson Teiger Architects, the master bathroom is in a contemporary house overlooking a picturesque golf course the bathroom opens to a balcony that looks directly down the 18th fairway.

The bathroom is defined by a large central wall featuring bookmatched granite slabs. The wall, which divides the main part of the bathroom from the toilet and shower rooms, features discreetly placed cutouts. These openings provide a connection between the two areas and allow glimpses of the view from the spaces on the other side. They also reinforce the sense of layering that can be seen throughout the house.


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"Layering helps direct the eye," says the architect. "It is always about the space beyond."

A sculptural bathtub, positioned so the owners can enjoy the view while bathing, is elevated on a wood platform that turns up at one end to form a seat.

"Elevating the tub ensures its sculptural form is the focus of attention," says Abramson. "The raised platform also enhances the intimacy of the overall space a large bathroom can be a little cavernous."

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A contemporary his-and-hers vanity cabinet runs along one wall. This features dark-stained walnut, similar to other cabinetry in the house. The handles were specially selected for the bathroom, however. The vanity is topped with granite that matches the wall. Additional storage space is provided by matching cabinets on the opposite wall beside the toilet room.

Neutral-toned porcelain floor tiles help keep the look serene.

"This is not a purely minimalist space," says Abramson. "But it does have a quiet harmony."

Mar 30, 2012

Credit list

Cabinet company
Swiss Woodworking
Vanity top and wall
Granite
Cabinets
Dark-stained walnut
Floor tiles
Daino Reale polished tiles by Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti
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