Some appealing bathrooms are open to the outdoors via a bathroom window wall.
A modern or minimalist concept for a house is usually what produces a bathroom window wall. Then, of course, there’s the view. So architects favor neutral color schemes and natural materials such as stone and stone tile. That way, bath fixture tend to be less important than the transparency and the views. However, that doesn’t mean these baths dial back on luxury.
To some extent, the ability to use glass walls in a bath is a function of climate. But the stunning bath in a New Canaan, Connecticut house by Specht Harpman [top] plays off the fame of Phillip Johnson’s glass house, now a museum, in the same town. Built in 2010, this residence is surrounded by woods and walkways. Neutral color marble subway tiles are set stacked, in the mid-20th century style, and there is a floating overisze custom stone sink centered on the picture window. If you look closely, you’ll see the window has a motorized shade tucked under the top of the frame. On the wall adjacent to the sink is a frosted glass panel with what appear to be liquor bottles arranged on shelves in another room. Deft placement of a heating vent directly below the window must keep things from getting too frosty during cold New England winters.
A Victoria, Australia weekend home, perched on the crest of rolling hills, has views all around. This master bath in a house by Jam Architecture opens to the outdoors with a glass wall on one end. That frames a freestanding bath tub. Both the window and tub benefit from the placement. A double vessel-sink vanity is made of natural wood with an open shelf below and polished concrete ties in well on the floor. A wall of glass-front cabinets features task lighting below, which is great over a bathroom sink. Cabinets floats above the sinks, which makes them useful both for the mirrors as well as storage behind them.
A Malibu beach house has ocean views from almost every room, including the master bath. Generous space lends itself well to the ingenious wet room/shower. This is a room-within-a-room with two entrances. On one end, the wet room opens onto an outdoor deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It leads into the bath and bedroom on the other size. The wet room features a large bench, conventional shower head with hand shower and, in addition, a large Dornbracht rain shower mounted in the ceiling. That way, the owner can go directly into the shower after a swim in the ocean without tracking sand or salt water through the house. Handsome and functional, it is also thoroughly Hollywood.
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