Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 4 - Page 110

Above: The minimalist bathroom achieves a sense of space in several ways. The cabinetry mirrors double the sense of volume visually, while the cabinets themselves provide plenty of storage space without need for floor-hogging vanities. Tucked in a corner of the bathroom to provide views for the occupant through the bedroom to the trees, the freestanding tub also increases the sense of space. Facing page: The ensuite’s built-out wall provides a handy shelf while also concealing services. search | save | share at yet giving occupants complete privacy. “Being in an inner city suburb, there are neighbours in close proximity, so we wanted to maximise both privacy and the amount of light our clients could get into their bathroom,” Smith says. “From an architectural perspective, we were quite determined to have glass across the entire eastern end of the house – continuous through both spaces – and so the solution to frost the entire bathroom window became apparent early on.” The same size piece of glass was also installed at the other end of the bathroom, forming the back wall of the walk-in shower, and borrowing light at night from the landing on the other side. During the day, it works the other way – natural light comes into the landing from the ensuite. “It’s quite playful, too, as you can see subtle movement through the glass when people are up close to it, without actually giving too much away,” he says. Everything is ordered in the bathroom; the width of the row of mirrors is the same as the width of the concrete-coloured tiles.