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principles used in traditional Japanese garden design,” says von Sturmer. “These include simplicity, asymmetry and understated beauty; together with a sense of nature, tranquillity and freedom from habit. The spirit of these principles is carried through all spaces in this expansive, spa-like master suite.” In keeping with a resort-style sensibility, the bathroom includes a Japanese soaking tub and a luxurious steam shower. Von Sturmer set the tub in a raised plinth to accommodate the one metre depth required. The plinth was necessary because the apartment tower is built entirely of concrete, which meant there was no under-floor space to utilise. The plinth, steps and shower cubicle are all in porcelain tile with a wood-inspired pattern, combining a natural aesthetic with a practical water-resistant surface. And while the bathroom follows age-old design concepts, it also achieves a modern air, evoked in its clean lines, off-centre marble basins, sculptural tapware and curved stair handrail. The bathroom walls are finished in a hand-applied, textured plaster which has been highly polished. This creates a damp-resistant, almost luminous surface. Preceding pages and these pages: Italian porcelain tiles resembling timber planks contribute to a natural aesthetic in this master bathroom by Leonie von Sturmer. At the request of the owners, the space adheres to traditional Japanese principles of good design. The soaking tub is set within a raised plinth to accommodate its depth. White Corian vanity tops with natural stone basins add a touch of luxury. search | save | share at