Bathing beauts

Two bath­rooms work to­gether in a ren­o­vated Auck­land villa and its mod­ern ad­di­tion.

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Was there some­thing spe­cific that kicked off the de­sign of each bath­room?

The mas­ter en suite had to com­ple­ment the de­tail­ing of the ex­ist­ing villa, with high-stud walls and pan­elled ceil­ings. We used sim­ple wall pan­elling to con­tinue this de­tail­ing and pro­vide an ef­fec­tive stop line for the wall tiles. The en suite had to be light and en­dur­ing – both mod­ern and clas­sic. The Vola nat­u­ral brass fit­tings were cho­sen by the client to con­tinue com­mon brass de­tail­ing through­out the ex­ist­ing villa. This drove the fin­ish of the cus­tom-de­signed brass shower screen and the se­lec­tion of white sink wastes and WC flush pan­els, and a brass light­ing pen­dant by Lee Broom. The tra­di­tional French Winck­el­man tiles are a nod to the his­toric, but the ran­dom floor pat­tern is a con­tem­po­rary twist. The stone guest bath­room is in the new ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing villa, in a semi-sub­ter­ranean guest level. The walls to this bath­room are ro­bust con­crete block, re­tain­ing the drive­way above. The sil­ver traver­tine stone is in keep­ing with the weighty, mono­lithic na­ture of this space. Choos­ing tiles can be chal­leng­ing for home­own­ers. Do you have any ad­vice? Tiles are a sur­face fin­ish and there­fore need to be con­sid­ered en masse, how dom­i­nant they will be in any one space and how they re­late to op­pos­ing sur­faces. The use of Winck­el­man tiles in a ran­dom floor pat­tern meant that we had to draw up a num­ber of lay­outs with op­tional colour schemes that the client se­lected. Given this dec­o­ra­tive fea­ture floor, the wall tiles are neu­tral white.

How have you catered for stor­age in each bath­room?

They both have a shower al­cove for soap and sham­poo, while van­ity units of­fer stor­age for bins and tow­els.

If you were de­sign­ing your ul­ti­mate bath­room, with no limit on bud­get, what would you in­clude?

I would love a bath­room that’s part-gar­den, open to the sky and with no neigh­bours, a huge bath tub with room all around and views, with nat­u­ral stone, en­dur­ing ma­te­ri­als – and those Vola taps.

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