The bathroom, an ensuite to the master bedroom, reflects the same design elements of the rest of the project, a heritage renovation and extension in Forrest, one of Canberra’s oldest and most exclusive inner-south suburbs. Known as the Furneaux House, the property’s main claim to fame in the region is that the previous owner was former Liberal Treasurer Joe Hockey.
This stunning project aimed for a balance of old and new, masculine and feminine, with a mix of complementary materials, including black steel, American White Oak, porcelain and stone.
According to the architects, the idea for the ensuite, which is located in the heritage part of the home, was to emphasise the traditional touches of steel-framed and fluted glass doors, steel frame mirror trims and a timber veneer consistent with all the steel window elements and joinery in the rest of the home. The ensuite also examined the reveal and conceal concept where the toilet was hidden behind the fluted glass door but the shower had clear steel framed glass so the large format Statuario panelling can be seen immediately upon entry.
Vanessa and the clients selected plain grey coloured panels for the floor to provide contrast to the busy walls.
‘They gave the bathroom that French/New York industrial type feel, very luxurious but pared back and down to earth at the same time,’ she says.
For the vanity feature wall she chose Inax Japanese pillowed mosaic tiles, applied on a 45 degree angle to create a quilted pattern. ’It is really beautiful and extends all the way back into the toilet wall. I like that juxtaposition between the really intricate and tactile mosaic combined with the patterning of the Statuario.’
Vanessa adds the fluted glass offers a feminine touch to balance the use of steel, while the timber adds warmth to make the space more inviting.
It is Manhattan style and glamour balanced with earthy tones.
Vanessa reveals the clients also wanted to pack as much as they could into the 10-square metre space – including a separate shower, bath and toilet – but still retain a sense of spaciousness.