Dream Baths

Dream Baths

Fall/Winter 2008

A great view is a design opportunity too good to pass up-especially a bird’s eye view of the Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay. So it’s no surprise the bath in this condo takes advantage of the scenery.
In fact, the room’ss piece de résistance-an architectural tempered glass tube-shape shower-let’s the view literally soak in. The shower is positioned to face windows overlooking the city and bay. A stainless-steel bar hides the plumbing and supports the fixtures, while a second showerhead mounted on the ceiling provides a rain like spray.

The shower is part of a bath suite designed to service the master bedroom and a smaller bedroom that has direct access to the tub and vanity area. Having only one toilet in the condo challenged the designer to ensure privacy while accommodating access from both bedrooms when the homeowner has guests. Pocket doors provide the solution, allowing a smaller vanity and the tub to be closed off from the shower and a trough sink-which are open to the adjoining master bedroom.

 

The condo’s location on the 21st floor of the building offered another logistical puzzle: how to reroute the plumbing. Boring through concrete was not the answer. Instead, the entire bath was constructed a step up from the adjoining bedrooms-a move that adds subtle drama and, more important, allowed the plumbing to be reconfigured easily under the floor.

A slew of earthy materials adds a sense of nature in the urban high rise.  Made of Zimbabwe black granite a mitered trough sink tops a rich Macassar ebony wood stand to form the elongated vanity. Behind the vanity, hand-hewn, stacked green limestone walls support the mirror. A smaller vanity with a round Macassar wood base that echoes a tree trunk services the second bedroom. Such details make the bath-just like the Seattle skyline-a sight to behold.