PAST AND PRESENT

An en­suite ac­com­mo­dates an el­e­vated bathing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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De­scribe the pro­ject in two sen­tences. The de­sign fo­cused on mak­ing the act of bathing an ex­pe­ri­ence, rather than a mere function. We stripped the bath­room back to ba­sics, cre­at­ing a rich, warm in­te­rior with ma­te­ri­als utilised else­where in the pro­ject.

How did you cre­ate a very light-filled but pri­vate bath­room with neigh­bours so close by? The floor-to-ceil­ing open­ing to the west is po­si­tioned to pro­vide pri­vacy in the shower, with the trees be­yond help­ing to cre­ate a sense of seclu­sion in a city en­vi­ron­ment. Two tall, nar­row win­dows sit­u­ated on the south al­low for ad­di­tional light and ven­ti­la­tion while re­strict­ing views from the ad­ja­cent apart­ments.

This is a new, down­sized home for you and your wife. What was espe­cially important to you both when it came to plan­ning your en suite? The out­look to the west was important, not only vis­ually, but also through the use of the ma­te­ri­al­ity of the space to form a connection. The nat­u­ral ap­pear­ance and smell of the Law­son cy­press lin­ing helps to cre­ate a warm and invit­ing in­te­rior akin to a bath house, rather than a con­ven­tional tiled bath­room.

The cov­ered bath looks rather Ja­panese. Tell us about that. The bath is pri­mar­ily for bathing our grand­chil­dren, so it be­came about how best to utilise the space, as bathing is more in­fre­quent. Cladding the bath al­lows for it to be­come a mul­ti­func­tional ob­ject: bathing the kids, a place for clothes while show­er­ing, or sit­ting on. It’s lined in 40x40 Vi­tex, match­ing the duck­board in the shower.

Has the tim­ber used here been treated in any spe­cial way? How will it wear over time? The Law­son cy­press is sealed with Deks Olje teak oil, which will help main­tain its ap­pear­ance over time. The hard-wear­ing Vi­tex used for the re­mov­able shower duck­boards is fin­ished with Dry­den Clear wood oil, and some slight weath­er­ing is to be ex­pected due to the west­erly sun and ex­po­sure to water.

What pleases you most about this room? The bath house provides refuge with a ro­bust, yet fra­grant en­clo­sure, while still of­fer­ing the prospect of the val­ley to the west.

Bath­ware from Franklin: Basin ‘Vi­tra Piu Due Pearl’. Bath ‘Bette Form’ by Cav & Redit with re­mov­able lid. Floor Peter Fell den­si­fier on black ox­ide con­crete slab. Shower duck­board on stain­less steel rails. Light­ing Bright­green from ECC. Lin­ing Shiplap band-sawn Law­son cy­press. Shower walls 150mm in-situ con­crete with Xypex Clear Polyurethane Sealer. Tap­ware ‘Ligna’ basin mixer and shower mixer and ‘De­signo’ shower rain head, all by Hansa. Towel rail Tran­quil­lity Bath­room Collection. Van­ity Con­crete bench­top, Law­son cy­press shiplap pan­els over Mel­teca car­cass.

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