A DIF­FER­ENT SLANT

HOME Magazine NZ - - Double Billing - Text — Si­mon Far­rell-Green Pho­tog­ra­phy — Jackie Meir­ing

Guy Tar­rant had many con­straints in de­sign­ing this Mt Eden home, not least fit­ting three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms un­der the eaves of a gabled roof. “I was try­ing to play with light in a painterly way,” he says of this space, which is ven­ti­lated and lit by a sky­light above the shower. “The amount of top light pro­vides a won­der­ful lu­mi­nous qual­ity of light, which per­vades the en­tire space.” Were you wor­ried it would feel cramped? GUY TAR­RANT While cer­tain ar­eas in the space are low, I was con­fi­dent that the com­bi­na­tion of vol­ume and com­pres­sion within the room would re­sult in an over­all feel­ing of gen­eros­ity. This is the lovely thing about work­ing with rak­ing roof forms – they pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for spa­tial con­trast. That’s quite a spe­cial shower. De­tail­ing within the shower fo­cused on max­imis­ing the drama of the glass ceil­ing, so wall lin­ings run di­rectly into the sky­light frame. We used a 30mm solid mar­ble slab for the par­ti­tion be­tween the shower and bath­room, partly to save space, but mainly to al­low the ma­te­rial to re­ally shine. Light pen­e­trates the slab from be­hind, which re­sults in ex­tra rich­ness. How did you deal with stor­age? Space be­hind the ex­te­rior wall and the bath­room wall was utilised to form re­cessed stor­age niches. The niche in the bath­room space is lined in oak and screened with a back­lit tim­ber-framed glass slid­ing door, again pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for lu­mi­nos­ity. A sim­i­lar but open, tiled niche in the shower pro­vides ad­di­tional stor­age.

Basin Du­ravit. Cab­i­netry Form De­sign. Light­ing Plas­ter box re­cessed down­lights from Prolux. Par­ti­tion Mar­ble from Arte­do­mus. Tap­ware and wall spout Paini from Metrix. Tiles ‘An­tila’ 100 x 100mm porce­lain tiles in light blue; and ‘Alarti’ 600 x 300mm honed mar­ble floor tiles from Arte­do­mus. WC Du­ravit.

Project Mt Eden bath­room Ar­chi­tect Guy Tar­rant Ar­chi­tects Lo­ca­tion Mt Eden, Auck­land Brief Fit a bath­room un­der the eaves of a rak­ing gabled roof.

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