Timber-lined bathroom in mountain retreat holiday home and architectural studio

A freestanding bathtub, American oak boards and marble tiles with an antique finish feature in this bathroom in a mountain retreat

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This freestanding bathtub is positioned in front of a window so the expansive view and the sun can be enjoyed while bathing. Window seats alongside a gallery that runs the length of the building also ensure the view is maximised. The bathroom is in a satellite studio-holiday home designed by Bull OSullivan Architecture.

Perched high above Lyttleton Harbour, this new build is a get-away-from-it-all retreat. But it's not just about play the building is both a holiday home and a satellite office for staff from the Auckland-based firm, Bull O'Sullivan Architecture.

Architect Michael O'Sullivan, who designed and built the studio himself, says the lower level accommodates a living area, bedrooms and the large bathroom featured on these pages.

"Like the studio itself, the design and the materials used in the bathroom were inspired by the surrounding landscape, which is continually changing in colour, texture and mood."

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Widegrain American oak boards line walls and ceilings in this studio, which provides a satellite office and accommodation for staff at Bull OSullivan Architecture.

Two of the walls and the ceiling are lined with widegrain American oak tongue-and-groove boards. The oak and sapele mahogany alternately feature throughout the interior.

The other two walls of the bathroom are lined with Lunar Azul marble tiles in differing sizes and tones. These create a pattern that references the landscape of the Port Hills.

"I wanted this bathroom to be a conscious act of indulgence," O'Sullivan says. "The freestanding tub, positioned to maximise the wonderful view, is the centrepiece there is even a ceremonial feel to the spout. You can glimpse the tub from the far end of the gallery, and from the window seats that line this key circulation area. The view, and the sunlight in the mornings, draw you through."

The view can also be enjoyed from the shower, and is reflected in the mirror above the basin.

Credit list

Michael OSullivan, Bull OSullivan Architecture
Wall panelling
American oak boards from Timspec
Roca Meridian
Shower fittings
Hansgrohe Select slide shower; Methven Echo Kick ultra shower mixer
Formbathware; Heirloom; Yatin Elite glass shelf
Hot water system
Rinnai Continuous Flow
Michael OSullivan, Bull OSullivan Architecture
Wall and floor tiles
Lunar Azul French pattern in antique finish from Italian Stone
Robertson Urban Freestanding
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Story by: Colleen Hawkes

Photography by: Patrick Reynolds

28 Jul, 2015

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