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Jirsa Loft, Des Moines, Iowa

Jirsa Loft, Des Moines, Iowa

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    Farshid Assassi/Assassi Producti

    A freestanding white Corian piece subdivides the bath. Its mirror reflects city views from a window in the adjacent master bedroom.

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    The clean Corian object supports the sink, mirror, and tub.

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    The infinity tub is filled from the ceiling and overflows into the lit space around it. A porcelain tile floor folds up the back wall.

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    Hand towels hang unobtrusively on slots in the countertop.

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    View into the bedroom from the bath.

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    Courtesy Substance

    Axonometric

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    Floor plan. The bath is part of a loft designed as one large, linear volume. Service spaces next to the building’s core, such as the bath, have large openings into the areas they serve.

The master bath in this pied-à-terre takes decadent minimalism to a new level. It’s a simple rectangle organized around a 30-inch-high white Corian core that holds the sink, mirror, and jetted tub. Rising from this luminous centerpiece is a ceiling-height mirror dividing the sink area from an infinity tub behind it. Streamlined, efficient, and unobtrusively inventive, the crowning touch is a thin water column that falls from the ceiling, fills the tub, and overflows to a lit channel around it.

“Normally the tub filler is put on the wall; we just put it on the ceiling,” says architect Paul Mankins. “If you fill it in advance, there’s not much of a conflict between having the tub filled from above rather than the side.” Our judges applauded the bath’s elegant organization and polished good looks.


Entrant/Architect/Interior designer: Substance, Des Moines; Builder: Ryan Companies, West Des Moines, Iowa; Living space: 2,800 square feet; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions.


Resources: Bathroom fittings and fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; Flooring: American Olean, www.americanolean.com