Grand Designs Australia

Project // Modern Observatory

Grand Designs Magazine - Issue 6.3, June 2017

Luxurious Functionality

A bathroom that’s all about harmonious vibes

We love the connection to the outdoors through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows

It was important for designer Lynne Bradley to pay respect to this grand heritage home while achieving a bathroom that was not only beautiful, but boasted functionality. And Lynne has certainly done this by creating a space that exudes pure class and sophistication. 

Grounded by veined marble flooring, a tranquil environment has been established through the use of the subway tiles in the shower and a generous window, which frames the landscaped garden. 

The freestanding bath is located on a risen platform, which creates a dynamic feature as you walk into the bathroom. The floor-to-ceiling observatory window creates an amazing backdrop to the crisp white bathtub. 

The window allows for natural light to flood the room, offsetting the black tone of the vanity. Contrasting with the grey walls are the white subway tiles, which add another layer to the room and work well with the marble flooring. The glass shower door enables you to take in all the different textures of the room at once, and marries with the observatory glass window. 

There were a few challenges in this design; the floor needed to be completely removed and replaced, and the floor plan was changed to allow for three distinct zones to be created - shower, vanity / dressing and bath. 

The resulting space has a feel of a luxurious five-star hotel, with the use of colours, lighting, and the integration of the outdoors establishing a truly enviable bathroom. 

Words // Lauren McGarry
Photography // James Deck