Bathrooms at farmhouses or beach villas give you an opportunity to play with more expansive and open spaces. Through his architectural renders, Sanchit Arora of New Delhi’s Renesa Studio shares tips on materials and design that would allow you to make the most of the space.
Raw concrete has always been a versatile material, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. So we decided to conceptualise a super minimal beton brut bathroom – the French term for raw concrete – using products from Kohler’s latest ModernLife EDGE range, including the wall-hung WC with a thin faucet, the basin vessel and the showerhead.
The idea behind this space was to keep the bathroom design extremely sleek and minimal, and let the fittings standout instead of the base material. Understated realism is the need of the hour, and we felt that this design philosophy of beton brut does full justice to the balance of the space through the play of structure, light and greenery.
Minimalism is an important aspect of any bathroom, and homogeneity goes a long way in adding to the appeal of a space – stick to a single material or colour scheme for a perfect understated look. Make sure the fixtures and fittings go with the colour and design scheme of the space as well – if you’re going for an old world charm or a modern, sleek look, the fittings should match with the overall design. Adding in mirrors elevates the minimalist look, giving you a clean but spacious-looking bathroom.
Sanchit’s Quick Tips for Building Your Own Outdoor Bathroom:
For any space, scale is very important. The bigger the scale, the grander it is, and ultimately an outdoor bathroom needs to be larger than normal – so don’t be afraid to go big!
Make sure the design is such that it allows for enough sunlight to enter, as this adds to the sense of openness. Install a nice huge window, preferably facing inwards, maybe into the courtyard of the home. An inside-outside space with direct interaction with nature, but one that allows for privacy is ideal.
Remember to use sustainable materials that are durable in diverse temperatures through the year. For outdoor spaces, you have to be very careful about what stones are used. Local granites are the best to use in Indian temperatures, as they’re both strong and striking. Achieve textures through tiles or concrete, a material that is extremely durable in the long run.
Sanchit Arora, Studio Head Architect & Concept Design Head, Graphic Design, Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio, New Delhi
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Text by: The Blue Pencil Design Company
Images courtesy: Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio