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Applying make-up, or relaxing in the tub – no matter where you are in this master bath, you'll enjoy uninterrupted sea views

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Bathrooms are often last to beconsidered when it comes to maximising great views. However, with a strategic layout and an innovative mix of materials, you needn't compromise a scenic outlook.

Take this master suite, for example. It forms part of a waterfront penthouse, which uses expansive glazing to take full advantage of the panoramic ocean views. Strong, sculpted shapes and neutral, earthy colours are key elements to the luxurious feel found within this space.

Dark grey tinted glass screens separate the bedroom from the bathroom, and the toilet from the tub. These subtle dividers provide both transparency and a level of privacy, says interior designer Amanda Fung of Steve Leung Designers.

The bathroom is configured to ensure all the utilities are oriented towards the ocean views. A suspended mirror seemingly floats above the black granite vanity. On its reverse, is depicted a painting of trees, which adds a decorative element to the bedroom. Recessed downlights, set into a beam above the mirror, create subtle lighting effects and a sense of intimacy.

For privacy, translucent blinds can be lowered, screening off the bathroom from the bedroom, and the open view beyond.

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Featuring a raised lip at one end, the tub sits against a backdrop of marble tiles. A vertical strip of mirrored glass clads the interior of a display niche, cunningly designed to conceal plumbing and other services. A similar, rectangular niche above the toilet also helps to visually break the marble wall.

First published date: 28 April 2006

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Interior designer Steve Leung Designers (Hong Kong)
Main contractor Ocean Contracting
Vanity cabinetry Black granite
Bathtub Duravit
Shower fittings and taps Hansgrohe, Dornbracht
Basins and toilet Duravit
Flooring Oak (dry areas), marble (wet areas)