Architect Piers Taylor's renovation of an old gameskeeper's cottage, complete with a castellated roof and sweeping meadow below, is an exercise in dramatic modernization, one that takes advantage of everything its storybook setting has to offer. In the master bathroom upstairs, the Tokyo roll-top bathtub from victoriaplumb benefits from an epic view.
In Vienna, a dazzling penthouse by Delugan Meissl has boldly inserted itself between traditional rooftops of the city’s Wieden district like a recently landed alien intruder. The cavity for the bathtub is part of the same continuous form-world as House Ray 1’s sloping roofscape. The white tub is made from Corian; the faucet is by Dornbracht.
Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. The best view in the house may be from the freestanding Eaton acrylic bathtub off the master bedroom, which overlooks a neighboring pasture.
In a room high above the city at the Upper House hotel in Hong Kong, sliding pocket doors disappear into the bathroom wall, revealing a soaring view of the harbor from the capacious soaking tub. A wood-grain sandstone sculpture by Taiwanese sculptor Marvin Minto Fang anchors the space and draws the eye forward and out.
Unobtrusively distinct from its neighbors, a weekend house in Mexico assimilates the colors of the surrounding landscape on surfaces of glass, steel, and concrete. In the master bath, the architect managed to combine privacy and a view by adding a horizontal-line pattern to the glass wall.
In Hobe Sound, Florida, a home overlooking a custom-built water-ski circuit is hardly par for the course. A pulled-back curtain allows a peek-a-boo view from the tub to the surrounding landscape.
Utterly dynamic, this house on an urban peninsula in Sydney is rich with inventive and thoughtfully considered spaces. Walls become windows and screens slide shut to repel (or entice) the changing weather. The glass and wood walls of the bathhouse, like other retractable panels on the house, offer shade with a view.