WA­TER WORLD

A nat­u­ral and har­mo­nious di­vi­sion is cre­ated by a wall of plants.

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How did the idea for the green wall be­tween the toi­let and shower evolve? Ni­cola Herbst: We first sug­gested a tree in the bath­room, then the idea of a green­wall sys­tem as a pri­vacy screen be­tween shower and toi­let came about. In the end, it was sim­pler and less ex­pen­sive to con­struct a tim­ber screen with niches for pot plants. We liked the idea of hav­ing liv­ing plants in a space where the very thing they crave – wa­ter – is in boun­ti­ful sup­ply. Were there any lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues re­gard­ing the wall of plants? How are the plants wa­tered and how do you min­imise steam dam­age? The tim­ber is a sealed hard­wood. Our client chose a plant [philo­den­dron] that would suit the shower en­vi­ron­ment – they’re in pots and wa­tered with a wa­ter­ing can, and they flour­ish in the steamy en­vi­ron­ment. The bath­rooms you de­sign are very much in keep­ing with each home’s over­all de­sign prin­ci­ples and ethos. They’re in­te­grated, not iso­lated. How does that man­i­fest it­self here? The bath­room and bed­room are open plan, with a tim­ber screen to de­fine the spa­ces as sep­a­rate. We felt it was im­por­tant to take full ad­van­tage of the huge pri­vate gar­den that sur­rounds the house, so the bath­room and bed­rooms all con­nect di­rectly with the out­side. There are two glazed slid­ing doors, which stack away to give the sense you’re bathing out­side.

Basin Bag­nella by Du­ravit from Metrix. Bath Am­bi­ente Clas­sic Duo Oval from Metrix. Cab­i­netry by Mike East­wood of Rose­wood Cab­i­netry. Floor­ing Spot­ted gum tongue and groove. Tap­ware Paini Cox. Tiles Bisazza glass mo­saics from Tile Space. Van­ity Lam­i­nated spot­ted gum. WC Seido by Fowler.

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