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Sculptural elements in this bathroom contrast with the landscape through the windows


The designs of many homes – and their interiors – are influenced by their location. While city homes often have an internal focus, houses in rural areas are more likely to connect with their natural surroundings.

Architect Nic Holland designed this master bathroom and its adjoining exercise area to connect – and contrast – with the heavily wooded, semi-rural outlook.

"Sculptural elements help to connect the different spaces and to create privacy or visual openness, depending on which is appropriate," he says.

An arched, floor-to-ceiling window in the exercise area frames views of the woods outside, while a curved, stone-tiled partial wall provides some privacy for the shower and tub.

Both the bathtub and shower enclosure are oval in shape and are drawn together by a third ellipsis on the ceiling above.


To create a transition between the oval on the ceiling, and the double ellipses of the shower and the bathtub at ground level, a spiral bulkhead flows in a gentle curve down the shower wall before finishing at the edge of the tub. Small, square windows in the wall form a contrast to these curves.

"The spiral helps the spaces flow into each other, but it also adds an element of visual fun to the room," says Holland.

First published date: 06 December 2005

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Architect and builder Nic Holland, AIA (Austin, TX)
Interior designer Salita & Associates
Bath, basin, toilet Kohler from Ferguson Enterprises
Vanity Knotty pine from Johnson Cabinets & Woodworking
Cabinetry Tobacco stain
Faucets, shower fittings Concinnity from Ferguson Enterprises
Flooring Red travertine, limestone
Lighting Halo from Lighting Inc
Gym equipment Treadmill from True; Multi Station from Tuff Stuff; Pilates Reformer from Balanced Body