Story by Colleen Hawkes
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Fully tiled open-plan bathrooms in white-viened brown marble and dark blue mosaics. Freestanding bathtubs and wall-hung vanities
There is a classic theory for bathroom design that dictates a square room, with each wall accommodating one of the four main amenities – shower, bath, vanity and toilet.
It's an idea that was turned on its head in the design of the family and guest bathrooms featured on these pages.
Designers Darren Genner and Simona Castagna of Minosa provided multi-zones to allow for a degree of privacy and flexibility of use.
"Both bathrooms have a blade wall in the centre, so amenities could be positioned on both sides in addition to the perimeter walls," says Genner.
"In the family bathroom, for example, we tucked the toilet and shower behind this wall, and positioned the vanity on the front. This means that potentially the room can be used by more than one child at a time without closing a door – there is still a certain amount of privacy."
The designers chose to line the bathroom with Pietra Grey marble, which has a distinctive veining that complements the sculptural white tub and Minosa handbasin.
To create contrast, the blade wall is clad in sparkling blue, black and purple mosaic tiles with a touch of silver. A long mirrored cabinet reinforces the horizontality of the cantilevered vanity and provides eye-level storage that's easy to access.
The blade wall in the guest bathroom has the same mosaic tiles, which are repeated on the rear wall.
"This is a very large room and we wanted to make the space a little more intimate," says Genner. "The mosaics help to enclose the space."
In this room, the bathtub and shower are positioned out of sight behind the blade wall.
"We designed this room so that at first glance it appears as a powder room, which is often how it is used. Yet the facilities are there so it can be a full guest bathroom."
For visual continuity, and to provide a seamless flow, the flooring in this bathroom features pale Crema Marfil tiles that match the tiles in the main living areas of the house.
"Both bathrooms have two tall mirrored panels that maximise the light and bring a little drama to the spaces," says Genner. "Multi-zone lighting is another feature – subdued sensor lighting is complemented by additional lights as required."
First published date: 18 March 2013