Designing for a couple and their two teenage girls, architect Ed Kopel transformed three individual apartments into an expansive, 3,200-square-foot flat. A minimalist white aesthetic is favored throughout the space, which houses the couple's growing art collection. Bold color is embraced in the home’s first bathroom, with tilework by Trend Mosiacs.
Located in a former factory, this Brooklyn loft’s gracious, 12-foot ceilings had been hidden by four feet of drop ceiling. The clients—parents of a family of four—initially asked architect Alex Delaunay, founder and principal of SABO project, to simply expand the bathroom. However, as the architect revealed the condo’s more spacious potential, the clients expanded the project to a total interior tear-down and renovation.
The sunken bathtub in George Nakashima’s Sanso Villa mimics the shape of a swimming pool on the grounds. His daughter, Mira Nakashima, took over the studio after his death and now lives and works on the property. “A Japanese garden often has a central pond derived from the character for ‘heart’ or ‘spirit,’ and this may be an abstraction of that character,” she says of the tub’s sculptural form.
A creative couple flipped the script on their family home, a former workman’s cottage on the northern edge of Brooklyn. Margarita McGrath and Scott Oliver of Noroof Architects termed the 1,650-square-foot house in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, “Pushmi-Pullyu,” in reference to the interior-exterior flow they created. The second-floor bathroom includes a washroom that can be closed off from the bathing area with a sliding glass door.
A cantilevered rec room is central to this family home in Sydney by Australian architects Marcus Trimble and Matthew Bennett. Bennett and Trimble designed this two-story residence for a couple with three small children in the suburban Sydney neighborhood of Riverview. The bathrooms are tiled in bright blue mosaic to offset the home’s limited materials and color palette.
In this Venice, California home, blue tile covers the bathroom featuring a Japanese soaking tub and an open shower. A handheld shower head is mounted on the wall for added flexibility. The drain is under the removable cedar floor slats, keeping the room design uncluttered. Wood tubs are cleaned with a simple rinse and last for decades, as the antiseptic properties of cedar guard against mold and rot.
When a Chicago couple approached architect Julie Fisher of fcStudio inc to revive their 4,600-square-foot house, they gave her a virtually blank slate. The finished result is lighthearted, with a slide to travel between floors. Benjamin Moore’s Mustard Field paint and blue tiles adds a vibrant touch to the bathroom.
Alex Gil and Claudia DeSimio created a duplex in an apartment building where they’d been renting for years in Brooklyn, New York, and set to work gutting the interior and adding a new rooftop addition clad in panels of Cor-Ten steel. In the upper-level bathroom, tiles painstakingly fired by DeSimio now cover the walls and ceiling.
Like many apartments in early 20th-century row houses, architect Philip Ryan’s Brooklyn abode was the epitome of spatial inefficiency. “You were constantly running into doors,” he says. An early renovation goal of Ryan’s was to reconfigure the 580-square-foot apartment’s geometry. In the bathroom and throughout the apartment, Ryan kept lines as pure as possible by designing built-in storage alcoves.
Resident Andrew Dunbar describes the new bathroom at his 1908 Edwardian in San Francisco as an outside-in room because it has light, air, and sometimes, when it drizzles and the skylight left open, even rain. Designed for exactly these circumstances, a blue-glass mosaic tile floor is laid at an angle to drain with ease.
Resting quietly on a quaint block, Kim and Torrey Lee’s house sits where the family home has been since 1949. While the 1,200-square-foot ranch house offered sprawling front and back yards, it didn’t offer a lot of space for a young family of four to grow. After a renovation, the blue-tiled master bathroom stands in contrast to the muted tones of the rest of the house.
How do you squeeze maximum functionality out of minimal space? Rosa and Robert Garneau make it happen with multipurpose furniture, a hydraulic Murphy bed, and secret compartments galore in their New York City home. In the blue tiled bathroom, the towel rods pull open to expose a hamper, and there’s a ten-inch-deep medicine cabinet that can hold everything from extra toiletries to cat toys.
A house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades was reborn after a serious intervention by a modernist architect. David Baker’s carefully crafted rehabilitation kept the bones of the building intact, while letting in light and air and creating a new relationship between the structure and the street. The bathroom glows with various shades of Turkish-style glass tiles (in Iris) from Galleria Tile in San Francisco.