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Restful and airy, this bathroom combines the solidity of Italian stone with a playful privacy divider


Sometimes a straightforward approach can bring out the best in a bathroom. A simple material palette and division of use can evoke a sense of space and tranquillity.

This bathroom by architect Shaun Lockyer has a modest footprint but still achieves an expansive feel. Several factors contribute to this, says Lockyer.

"Floor and walls are finished in travertine tiles – the uniform look is restful, spa-like and enhances the sense of space. Benchtops are in Italian marble and we specified standing basins to further the resort-like ambience."

In terms of layout, the shower stall is at one end of the long, narrow space and the bath is set into a niche at the other, again accentuating the impression of plenty of room to move.

"The wall-length expanse of mirror doubles the space visually, and the glass shower stall and semi-transparent, acrylic privacy screen avoid blocking extended sightlines," says Lockyer.


Lighting design makes its contribution to the spa-like feel. A set-back ceiling allows light to filter in from above, and placing the glass louvres on high addresses privacy issues – the house is in close proximity to its neighbours.

First published date: 06 February 2013

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Architect Shaun Lockyer AIA, Shaun Lockyer Architects (Fortitude Valley, Qld)
Builder Focus Build
Vanity Custom in spotted gum timber veneer by Allkind Joinery
Benchtop Italian marble
Bath Stylus His & Hers oval bath
Basin Ideal Standard basin from Reece
Shower enclosure Fully frameless clear toughened glass shower screen with stainless steel U-channel fixings
Shower fittings Hansgrohe Raindance S120 rail shower, Phoenix Cruise wall mixer from Reece
Toilet Ideal Standard Tonic back-to-wall toilet suite from Reece
Taps Phoenix Cruise wall basin set from Reece
Towel rail Kado Lux heated towel rail from Reece
Wallcoverings Rectified white tiles in matt finish; travertine tiles
Lighting Black architectural twin downlights by Beacon, T5 concealed fluorescent batten fitting
Accessories Bubble privacy screen in acrylic by Yellow Goat Design