The two key challenges of designing a home in a tightly packed suburb are getting as much natural light as possible into all the rooms, and maintaining privacy for the occupants. These goals may seem at odds, because introducing light, means having plenty of windows, which doesn't exactly promote privacy.
Designed by Tobin Smith, from CoLab Architecture, this generous master suite, on the first floor of a contemporary new home, achieves both privacy and light, without one compromising the other.
"The house is designed for a couple," says Smith. "They have grown up kids who come and stay, but for most of the time, it's just the two of them. We scaled their bedroom and bathroom so it can be a private retreat for them, if needed, as there isn't a secondary living space in the house."
Both rooms are filled with light. In the bedroom, almost two walls are taken up by floor-to-ceiling windows, screened by sheers. In the adjoining tunnel-shaped bathroom, the end walls are in frosted glass, filtering natural light into the space, yet giving occupants complete privacy.