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Prescribed views through slot windows with deep reveals provide privacy while creating an exterior connection

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Outdoor connections are sought after in new home designs, but in the bathroom the need for privacy is equally important.

In the design of this bathroom, one of three in this coastal home, architect Robert Andary used unconventionally-shaped windows to prescribe views to the sea, outdoor living areas and nearby hills.

"As you enter from the bedroom, the experience is one of light, texture and comfort," says the architect.

"However, as opposed to the bedroom, which has floor-to-ceiling glazing providing uninterrupted ocean views, the bathroom views arecontrolled with 1m x 0.25m viewing panels, located at varying heights."

While a horizontal viewing panel above the bath allows bathers to look through the bedroom to the ocean, strategically placed exterior wall slots direct views towards the hills, and also allow abundant natural light to flood the ensuite.

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The overall design is clean and uncluttered, with floor-to ceiling tiles creating a seamless and continuous effect. Contrasting colours were chosen to highlight the fittings and fixtures.

Rich charcoal brown tiles highlight the floor and north-east wall, while matt-white tiles flank the surrounding walls, reflecting light and complementing the floating marble benchtop and fixtures.

"The shower area is another feature of the space. It runs the entire 2.8m width, and is separated by a floor-to-ceiling clear glass shower screen, with concealed channels," says Andary.

First published date: 20 June 2006

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Architect Robert Andary, RAIA, Robert Andary Architecture (Perth)
Interior designers Robert Andary, Julie-Anne Smith
Builder Hickory Developments
Cabinetry Limed-oak timber veneer from Amerind Forest Products
Plumbing Reece Plumbing Supplies
Basins Alape Waterplane basin, Red Fouri Box basin
Counter Carrara
Toilet Pozzi
Bath Hoesch Happy D