Like a little chapel on the prairie, architect Jean-Baptiste Barache’s simply elegant retreat in the tiny Normandy town of Auvillier is a modern play on centuries-old forms and technology. Here, a sliding door opens to reveal a hidden bathroom on the other side of bookshelves.
When Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso of Habitan Architects bought their first-floor apartment in an 1894 block of the Fort Pienc neighborhood of Barcelona, they knew they were taking a risk. "When this building was constructed the toilets would have been outside... We planned this grand freestanding bathtub-and-sink unit with the same materials as the kitchen - plywood and slate."
An Auckland couple creates a striking modern home designed around an ancient Japanese principle. The traditional Japanese bathroom is located just off the central passageway between the two parts of the house.
Two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo in the Chichibu mountain range, Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat may look like a primitive lean-to at first glance. But it is fully equipped with electricity, hot water, and a kitchen, not to mention the ultimate luxury: a hot bath in the clawfoot tub.
Inspired by tansu chests and raw materials that show patina, a pair of Sydney-based architects renovated their own home—slowly. Like many traditional Japanese bathrooms, John Wilkin and Susanne Pini’s is clad almost entirely in wood.
When designer Joel Contreras decided to renovate his 1927 bungalow in Phoenix’s Coronado Historic District, he wanted to respectfully preserve the building’s past while also incorporating his love for contemporary architecture. Jonah Busick of Foundry12 happened to live in the same neighborhood, so Contreras hired the architect to help him reach that vision.
Architect Irene Sævik’s summer retreat lies an hour’s drive from bustling Oslo. In true Scandinavian form, principles of simplicity and respect for nature govern the house’s design. Sævik designed the wood tub in the bathroom, which features an adjacent sauna.
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. In the master bathroom, the Tokyo roll-top bathtub from victoriaplumb benefits from an epic view.
Self-taught designer, Tom Givone embarks upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead. Salvaged pieces contrast with modern touches at every turn, including a 19th-century wood-and-zinc soaking tub rescued from a New York City tenement building, which Givone wrapped in shiny stainless steel.
In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, architect Christian Arnold saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new home for his growing family. The house displays subtle nods to both Christian’s and his wife Julie's rural Kansan roots, like the walnut countertops in the bathrooms sourced from a tree Julie's grandfather cut down.