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This luxurious spa bathroom uses natural finishes and lighting to create a tranquil atmosphere


Architect Time Bushe designed a luxurious spa bathroom for this apartment at Tower Bridge in London. It opens off the main bedroom where his sportsman client has a personal gym with weights, a treadmill and a rowing machine. Light passes freely between the two rooms through Perspex vertical blinds operated by a bespoke opening mechanism, with colour-changing LED lights that can be switched on from the bath. ‘I was aiming for a calm atmosphere by using natural finishes – plus adaptable lighting to create mood changes,’ he explains.

As the client was a tall man, Tim had to make sure the bath would be large enough for him to unwind in comfort. After researching various suppliers, he finally settled on the Bette Form bath from Max Pike Bathrooms, which measures a generous 1900x800mm. Fitted with a hydro-massage system of water jets, with an extra pulse effect at the touch of a button, it creates a boutique hotel look. Sleek Vola taps and a hand-held shower complete the look.

The steam shower in particular has been a huge success. ‘I think it’s the best possible way to relax,’ says Tim, ‘especially if you add fragrance jets to mix essential oils with the water.’ The stylish chrome fittings came from Helo, a leading supplier of both saunas and steam baths/showers. Spectacular double-bowled washbasins and smooth white surrounds are carved from a single white block of Avonite – a solid surface material made from minerals and resins. By using the same material for both the flooring and bath surround, Tim has created a sleek finish which emphasises the sense of space. For a similar look, use limestone tiles – real ones, or the new thin porcelain lookalikes. Try The Limestone Gallery.

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Architects: Walker Bushe
Bathroom design: Max Pike

Words: Barbara Chandler Photography: James Balston

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