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