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either views to the clients’ manicured garden or user privacy with a flick of the switch – essentially, a chemical reacts with a low-voltage current to bring clarity, while turning off the current results in the default translucent effect.” The strong, minimalist bathroom has several touches that look straightforward but were quite tricky to execute. “Having the glass shower screen stop short of the floor required thoughtful design, in terms of the engineering, as well as a sloped floor that extends out beyond the stall’s footprint.” Even the shower plumbing is hidden away inside the stall’s chrome support rod – nothing is as simple as it appears at first glance. Barnes also designed the sculptural vanity – a steel frame clad in engineered stone – which is the centrepiece for the dramatic bathing space. “Wall cavities were used for the storage usually found in the vanity, while recycled oak frames the generous, well-lit vanity mirror.” Another artisanal feature of the bathroom is its carefully considered large-format tilework. Used in different sizes for floor and wall, their layout is designed to avoid small half end pieces that would have cluttered the clean aesthetic. Preceding pages: Privacy at your fingertip – high-tech switch glass turns a shower wall into a scenic window in this dressed-to-impress bathroom space by Owen Barnes. This page: The mitred niche shelving in the shower is in a contrasting colour to the surrounding wall. Wood and moisture are poor company so Barnes introduced a window sill and window surround in a dark stone tile. search | save | share at trendsideas.com