As one of Australia’s leading designers of luxurious kitchens and bathrooms, HIA member Kim met the challenge head-on. Using a consultative 3D design service, Kim enabled his clients to realise the spaces they had always dreamed of, meeting with them nearly every week for 12 months to create an integrated design solution.
The project presented a number of challenges. Not the least was the 38th-floor location. Consideration was given to the selection of materials, fixtures and fittings that would fit into the building’s maintenance lifts.
‘There’s no point recommending something you can’t fit in,’ he says. ‘It’s not just a project challenge but a design challenge.’
Another challenge was the existing drainage which could not be moved or relocated.
‘The entire master suite needed to be planned and designed around the fixed locations of these services,’ he says.
In fact, one of the most imaginative aspects of the bathroom design was in response to this problem.
‘The position of existing floor wastes suggested the design of a stepped, curved shower wall which also allowed for two shower heads to be positioned around a radius,’ he says.
‘In this way the design incorporated curves into the space to complement the fixtures and to transition between them.’
For a colour scheme, he favoured the darker tones and finishes which he has observed at European trade shows.
‘Opening the bedroom to a lot more natural light allows us to use those darker finishes,’ he says.
‘Natural light is now coming in to the space from the front of the building where previously it didn’t.’