high life

A spec­tac­u­lar bath el­e­vates this zen-like space in a sky­scraper set­ting

Homes & Gardens - - DREAM BATHROOM - DE­SIGNER Si­mon Rawl­ings, cre­ative di­rec­tor, David Collins Stu­dio, david­collins.stu­dio.

CAN YOU DE­SCRIBE THE PROJECT?

This is a 500sq m apart­ment to­wards the top of the Ma­hanakhon tower, the tallest sky­scraper in Bangkok. De­signed by the ar­chi­tect Ole Scheeren, the build­ing was con­ceived as an in­cred­i­ble state­ment for the sky­line of the city, with a ‘pixel­lated’ rib­bon of ter­races and glass boxes cut into the sur­face of the tower to cre­ate a unique de­sign. The brief for the apart­ment was to re­flect the ar­chi­tec­ture and cre­ate the most spec­tac­u­lar home in the sky.

HOW DID YOU BE­GIN THE BATH­ROOM DE­SIGN?

We wanted to de­sign a space that felt lux­u­ri­ous, but not too os­ten­ta­tious, with a beau­ti­ful bath set in mar­ble. We used Arabescato tiles across the floor and up the walls to cre­ate a gor­geously rich tex­ture and fully im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence. You see this mar­ble quite of­ten, but rarely in this much quan­tity and that’s what gives the bath­room its per­son­al­ity.

AND THE BATH?

This spec­tac­u­lar bath, amus­ingly called the Ufo, is com­fort­able and spa­cious and feels rather like sit­ting in a coupe of cham­pagne! There’s some­thing very lux­u­ri­ous about hav­ing a tub big enough to share. The bath had to be craned in dur­ing con­struc­tion, but de­spite its size it doesn’t look heavy in the room. It is made of su­per-thin steel, with a light­ness of form and a com­fort­able back­rest.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE VAN­ITY AREA?

The oak frame above the basins adds warmth to the de­sign. The mir­rored cab­i­nets were made to hang proud of the wall, to give them a lit­tle more im­por­tance than if they were re­cessed. The same ap­plies to the van­ity, which is built on brass legs and de­signed to look like a free­stand­ing piece, rather than a built-in struc­ture that comes as part of a pre­con­ceived ho­tel-style pack­age. The legs are fin­ished with pol­ished nickel de­tails, in­spired by the mix of met­als used in jew­ellery, and there is more brass de­tail­ing around the drawer fronts, which are lac­quered in the colour of pis­ta­chio ice cream.

AND THE FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES?

The bath is set on a cir­cle of chopped mar­ble mo­saic, which adds an­other layer of tex­ture. The bench seat­ing is made to echo the shape of the tub with a frame to match that of the van­ity, so that they feel part of the same fam­ily.

Slid­ing doors from the dress­ing area open to re­veal the pala­tial bath­room with cen­tre­piece bath.

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