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enowned and celebrated
for its iconic warehouses,
North Fremantle is idyllically
situated between the Swan
River and the ocean.
As the development of residential
properties began to flourish in the area,
by 2004 this corner site was one of the
few warehouses remaining.
Designed by Grounds Kent A rchitects
and constructed by Neil Armstrong of
Patton Building, the new home pays
homage to the original structure. The design
called for strong use of materials such as
stainless steel, corrugated metal, steel and
concrete, with few applied finishes.
The challenge was to also produce a
warm, homely feel to the residence.
The bathrooms were an opportunity to
create a little luxury in the home, with tiles
and fittings selected to complement the
space and aesthetic of the home.
The client wanted a bathroom that
suited the slightly industrial, nat ural
feel of the building while also being a
place of relaxation.
It depicts the use of fitted stainless
steel hardware, a pitched roof clad in
corrugated custom orb metal, and a
stone/resin bathtub and basins. These
industrial-style materials are contrasted
and softened by the minimal use of wood
and a large Peruvian rug.
Floating basins take maximum
advantage of reflecting the natural light,
as do the natural pale limestone-coloured
tiles lining the walls. A private clear-glass
floor-to-ceiling window alongside the bath
allows glimpses of the ocean.
The wall-to-wall steel window provided
the room with natural light, yet allowed
for very little privacy. Grounds Kent
Architects tackled this challenge by
creating an opaque film for the glass set
within the steel frame, which allows light
in but obscures the view from outside.
Extremely pleased with the result of
their industrial-style bathroom retreat, the
owners enjoy a distinct feeling of space,
simplicity and luxury.
Grounds Kent Architects (08) 9335 7622,
Reflecting the industrial and contemporary nature of the house,
this bathroom is practical, warm and chic
WORDS Claire Watkins PHOTOGRAPHY Joh n Chisholm
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