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Andrew Maynard Architects
In early stages of the design process for this extension, the owners and their eight-year-old twin sons asked for a home “for community, art and nature to come together.” The bathroom sits adjacent to a courtyard and is soaked with sunlight. The openings and windows have been designed to optimise passive solar gain, thereby drastically reducing demands on mechanical heating and cooling. All windows are double-glazed.
• Caroma Cube 500 above counter vanity basin
• Roger Seller Gas wall top assembly
• Rogerseller Wall Basin Outlet (WELS 5 star)
• Roger Seller Project towel rail
• Sussex Pol Summer Rain Vertical Shower (WELS 3 star)
• Veitch shower channel strip drain with “aqua” grate
• Skyrange Engineering window with clear double glazing by Viridian
• Square end Western Red Cedar shingles
Day Bukh Architects
Handmade and non-toxic materials combined with energy efficient taps give this bathroom a strong environmental profile. The handmade ceramic mural was designed by the owner alongside Bruce Rowe of Anchor Ceramics. Water is heated by a gas-boosted solar hot water heater and water collected in a bladder under the house is used for flushing toilets.
• Parisi Tondo wall mounted shower (WELS 4 star)
• Stormtech 50mm linear drain
• Parisi Onda bath
• Zucchetti Pan shower mixer, basin mixer and floor-mounted freestanding bath mixer (all WELS 4 star)
• Anchor Ceramics counter top basin
• Potter Light pendants by Anchor Ceramics
• American walnut timber vanity and mirror made by joiner Aidan Morris
• Eco Core White Birch Multiply plywood is used for the carcasses
• American Walnut timber towel rack by Chris Colwell Design
• Porters VOC acrylic paint
• Solar Ark, 30 tube evacuated tube collector and Rinnai gas booster S26
• Marble floor tiles from Tiles By Kate
Jesse Bennett Architect
Set in tropical north Queensland, Planchonella House embraces the heritage rainforest surrounds. Even in this deep tropical environment, thermal and passive design principles have been achieved so that the house functions comfortably without any means of air conditioning. The bathroom features a natural flue design in the shower stall.
• GESSI tapware, basin, fixtures and fittings
• Parisi wall hung WC (WELS 4 star)
• Geberit in-wall cistern (WELS 4 star)
• Academy Ceramic Mosaic tiles “Dot”
• Rosewood joinery (designed and made by the architect)
• Rosewood floor grate to shower and wall trims
• Burnished concrete floor
The large double-glazed door in this simple light-filled bathroom opens into a courtyard, allowing you to shower ‘outside’ plus it doesn’t rely on mechanical ventilation for good air quality. The flooring is made from natural rubber, the walls are Corian and the joinery is timber veneer on EO MDF.
• Corian on the walls by Dupont, colour: Everest (E), EV 502
• Dalsouple rubber floor Pantone colour 363C
• Brodware vanity mixer (WELS 6 star)
• Brodware City Plus shower (WELS 3 star)
• FSC certified timber door with argon filled double glazing by Timber-Tech Windows
This ensuite has been designed with a strong visual connection to the outside by way of floor to ceiling glass windows, and an openable louvred window for ventilation. A tranquil pond sits adjacent for relaxation and contemplation. The handmade, organic nature of the bath and vanity top made from recycled marble and concrete create a textural experience when used.
• Customised, handmade bath and integrated vanity sink and benchtop from Boyd Alternatives
• Vola stainless steel sink mixer with fixed spout
• Timber Veneer to drawers New Age Veneer Navlam “sandblasted oak”
• Floor tile Travertine white honed porcelain tile from National Tiles
• Wall tile INAX Yohen Border YB-21 from Artedomus
• External glass double-glazed Viridian ComfortPlus
Kieron Gait Architects
Concealed behind a wardrobe door, this bathroom reveals a raw and robust palette of ironbark and stainless steel. The stainless steel vanity top was folded locally and fixed directly to the stud wall and can be unscrewed and recycled at the end of its life. The bathroom is lined with stainless steel in the shower area, confining the water-resistant materials to the wet areas and timber to the dry areas.
• Brodware hand shower on rail (WELS 3 Star)
• Brodware city stick wall set basin taps (added on aerator WELS 6 Star)
• Terrazzo Tile in Earth by Fibonacci Stone with a 100 per cent rated green star
• 6 mm solid stainless steel vanity top
• Ironbark drawer veneers, finished with Feast Watson Fine Buffing Oil
• Alape Unisono 400 counter Basin
• Duravit Darling WC (WELS 4 Star)
This small efficiently planned bathroom focuses on the quality of the spaces rather than the size. Squeezed into a rooftop cavity with little head clearance the pop up chimney provides room for a shower and light to the bathroom. It also serves as an important passive solar function for the house – acting as a solar chimney where it draws the heat up and exhausts it.
• Recycled Messmate timber joinery
• Omvivo Neo Basin, wall hung from Reece
• Sussex Scala shower and basin mixer from Reece (WELS 5 star)
• Astrawalker shower-arm A67.24.V4 (WELS 3 star)
• The Dots wall hooks by Muuto
• Potter light by Anchor Ceramics
• Basaltina Grigia floor and wall tiles from Classic Ceramics
• Yellow glazed penny rounds shower feature tiles from Academy Tiles