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A glass wall between rooms offers a sense privacy without compromising the views

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view of the master bedroom and ensuite that area seperated by a simple glass wall, featuring mosaic tiles, double basin vanity and oval bath

When a home is built to make the most of the rugged mountain scenery and tranquil lake setting, the bathroom should be no exception.

In this house, architect Michael Wyatt used a glass wall to maximise the homeowners' view from the bathroom, while still providing an element of privacy and protection from condensation.

"It was imperative for the homeowner that the scenery was visible from all rooms in the house, but due to the cooler climate of the location, we needed to find a way to contain the humidity. The glass partition does that, while also letting in more natural light into an otherwise dark room."

Like the rest of the house, the bathroom colour palette matches the surrounding landscape, using dark earthy tones. A skylight above the bath boosts the natural light, as well as providing a window to the stars at night, says Wyatt.


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view of the master bedroom and ensuite that area seperated by a simple glass wall, featuring mosaic tiles, double basin vanity and oval bath

Large mirrors that reflect the light cover much of the dark exposed concrete wall, which has been extended from the bedroom beyond the glass wall, reinforcing the idea of the rooms being one.

To enhance this spatial continuity, mosaic ceramic tiles are inset in the bath and in the wall below the glass in the master bedroom.

"It is as though the tiles waterfall from the bath into the bedroom, visually integrating the two rooms," says Wyatt.

To better see the panorama, the bathroom is raised up half a metre higher than the bedroom, enabling someone in bath to see over the bed toward the lake, which was created with the home.

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view of the master bedroom and ensuite that area seperated by a simple glass wall, featuring mosaic tiles, double basin vanity and oval bath

The view can also be enjoyed from the shower, which is enclosed by a concrete wall and transparent screen to contain the water spray.

Large ceramic floor tiles with a natural look complement the exposed grazed concrete and honed basalt vanity top. Wyatt says the floor tiles look like natural rock, especially when wet.

Despite the cool climate, the bathroom remains at a comfortable temperature all year round, thanks to the insulating effect of the concrete and underfloor heating.

Credit list

Bathroom mosaics
Glass mosaics from The Tile Shoppe
Vanity top
Honed basalt from The Tile Shoppe
Pre-cast concrete walls
Stresscrete Invercargill
Bathroom taps
Ideal Standard
Bathroom flooring
Ceramic tiles from The Tile Shoppe

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Doc Ross Viewing pleasure A glass wall between rooms offers a sense privacy

22 Jun, 2007

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