K+BB BATH OF THE YEAR
A Work of Architecture: A master bath features smooth, smart materials and a truly innovative design
by Chelsie Butler
This master bath is part of a home that was designed from the ground up, and the clients’ main request was for it to reflect the home’s overall architecture and material palette through a comfortable and efficient design. Part of the home’s master suite, which includes the master bedroom and closet, the master bathroom is connected to the other spaces via a vaulted clerestory glass partition running the length of the hallway that bathes the bedroom and bath on both sides with natural light from the continuous skylight in the vault.
“The shape of the room is dictated by the home’s converted butterfly roof configuration, which was optimal for getting solar heat to the photovoltaic panels that power the hot water system,” said Fu-Tung Cheng, principal of Cheng Design, in Berkeley, Calif. “The roof allows for a vaulted ceiling in the master bath — giving it big volume — and we were in charge of breaking down its scale and not making the homeowners feel like they were in a hole.”
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