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hidden glow

Pale, reflective surfaces and a strategically situated skylight flood a windowless master bath in daylight.

hidden glow

Pale, reflective surfaces and a strategically situated skylight flood a windowless master bath in daylight.

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If the great room of Urban Living XXL is a courtyard, its master bath is a private walled garden. “This bathroom was positioned to be directly under the skylight,” says architect Brad Walker, AIA, LEED AP, who designed a splayed skylight shaft to light the windowless space. Reflective white fixtures and wall surfaces give the room a diffuse glow.

With its pocket door open, the bath extends the visual theme of the master bedroom. Bird’s-eye maple cabinetry seamlessly bridges the two spaces, topped in the bath with a ghostly white, room-width counter of sanded acrylic with a Corian undermount sink. Opposite the counter and slightly elevated stands a porcelain vessel tub, behind which a ceiling-height panel of etched glass encloses twin marble-lined compartments for the shower and toilet. The plumbing had been roughed in before he took on the project, Walker explains. “We couldn’t move the locations of the shower and toilet drains, so we decided to take the wet area and put it up on this little, floating, white marble platform.”

project: Urban Living XXL, Boston
architect: Ruhl Walker Architects, Boston, with Arclinea Boston
general contractor: Sleeping Dog Properties, Boston
resources: bathroom fittings: Hudson Reed; bathroom fixtures: DuPont (Corian), Duravit USA, WETSTYLE; cabinets: Arclinea Boston; countertops: Cumar; dishwasher and oven: Miele; kitchen fittings and fixtures: Blanco; lighting fixtures: Cooper Lighting (Halo), LBL Lighting, Progress Lighting; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; refrigerator: Sub-Zero