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This suite is straight out of a Bond movie

Dramatic sculpted zones; secret panels and doors; a pop-up television; refined woodworking; and flowing, glittering surfaces are just some exciting touches that make this master suite ideal for our favourite spy 

Designed by Mark Gacesa, Ultraspace

From the designer:

This extension-addition displays loads of sophistication, beautiful finishes, practicality and state-of-the-art design and lighting that has exceeded the homeowners' expectations.

The overall presence of this entire space is a calming and luxe high-end hotel experience that is unexpectedly somewhat tastefully “James Bond”.

Essentially, the owners wanted to extend their current home and create a new parents wing above the existing garage.

This was to include – a bedroom with a custom oversized bed; a ‘hers’ walk-in-robe to house an insane wardrobe (including a spectacular amount of shoes); a ‘his’ walk-in-robe (to take any ‘her’ overflow); an ensuite with make-up facility (and coffee-making facilities); a television viewing area; a library/office space for the whole family; and a storage space.


Given that we were keeping the extension within and above the existing premises, this created a finite envelope to work within and hence became a creative space planning exercise.

After the layout was achieved, I wanted to create a sense of excitement and luxury for the owners every time they were in the space while also tying the suite back to the original house design and theming.

One stand-out feature is the transition from each space to the next – these are illusions of sorts. In some cases, there are wall panels – with textured commercial vinyl wallcovering, detail moulding and sometimes mirror (same as the walls) – that actually pivot and can hold in place at 90 degrees if required (to appear like a nib wall).

These panels are frameless pivot doors – but they are as thick as the walls (100mm), lightweight, and blend with the walls to seamless effect.

In other cases, the bookcase cabinetry either slides sideways to reveal an entrance to a walk-in-robe or a prayer nook (the latter also provides a handy exit for one owner, so he can change and leave early for work without disturbing the family).

And another large section of bookcase actually pivots from the middle to reveal a storage room. 

None of these entrance points are obvious doorways and they help to create a uniquely seamless, exciting experience.

Another feature in the space is the floor/wall/ceiling full wrap-around copper Bisazza mosaic in the ensuite which ties through all the areas with the metallic copper highlights of faux leather inserts in the cabinetry detailing. 

The mosaic wrap-around features two punched-through illuminated circular holes – one in the ceiling, accommodating a glamorous chandelier, and the other in the wall, allowing for shelf storage for the freestanding spa bath. There is also more concealed shelf storage behind the bath.

The ensuite also features a walk-through shower with multi–showerheads as well as a full make-up vanity that incorporates a fridge and coffee zone.

Both the basin vanity and make-up vanity include thermoformed solid surface and several Polytec Woodmatt finishes – both for durability and extended good looks.

Both walk-in-robes feature robe pull-downs for maximum use of space, metallic faux leather detailing, jewellery displays, seating and loads of storage.

The oversized custom master bed and bedhead also reflects a maximum use of storage – all the secret upholstered panels opening to reveal shelving. 

Plus there are pop-up power and charging facilities, concealed reading lights and a ‘gunslot’ shelf with mirror that creates the illusion of space and the feeling that you are looking through into another area. 

Again the materials used are hardy velvets and several Polytec Woodmatt finishes – for both durability and enduring good looks.

The library/office is a multifunctional space for the parents and children. 

The custom 4-way desk with metallic copper faux leather inlay detail offers connectivity via pop-up gpo/data ports and table lighting. 

The back-bevelled design of the benchtop and waterfall ends (which are repeated throughout all the cabinetry design) is capped with a blackened aluminium which is also used to define the inlay and Woodmatt timber grain finishes.

The television area at the entry point to the new level appears to be a closed space by the use of the unique pivot door/walls (except when in their fixed open position). 

This has a custom mirrored unit with back-beveled Woodmatt detailing, a concrete grey top and an automated tv mechanism so that it appears to be a slick looking sideboard under the shuttered windows when not in use.

A lot of effort was put into the lighting design. 

The owners have a myriad of options when it comes to task lighting versus mood lighting. 

There is a wealth of dimmable up-lighting and under-lighting; subtle low-lying pin-dot path lighting for late night bathroom visits; and there’s also feature pendant lights and trendy commercial track lighting for wardrobe tasks – almost creating a retail-like experience when selecting your attire.

Part of the success of this project is due the skilful handling of construction and trades by Stewart Homes, who has worked with Ultraspace on several other multi-award winning projects.

Credit list

Vanity cabinetry
Polytec Woodmatt Empire Oak; Polytec Woodmatt Angora Oak
Bath
Minitori freestanding spa bath by Decina
Taps
Milli Pure Basin Mixer, from Reece; Cascade Hob Spout by Southcape; Sussex Pol Bath Mixer, by Reece; Sussex Suba Bath Hand shower; Sussex Scala Shower/bath mixer, from Reece
Shower fittings
Hansgrohe Croma Select E Multi Ecosmart; Nikles Techno LED, overhead, from Reece
Floor tiles
Porcelain Ice, by Ultraspace; and Bisaza mosaic
Lighting
Various, by Ultraspace
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bath suite – Winner
Builder
Stewart Homes
Benchtops
Staron Natural Bridge
Basin
Twinset Semi-recessed, by Parisi
Shower stall
Ultraspace
Toilet
Caroma Forma Rimless Suite, from Reece
Wallcovering
Commercial vinyl wallcovering, by Ultraspace
Blinds
White shutters

Story by: Australia TIDA Bathrooms Trends International Design Awards

Photography by: Scott Shirley

11 Oct, 2020

For more than 30 years, Trends has promoted great home design ideas through its print, digital and online media.The Trends International Design Awards – TIDAs – take that involvement to the next level with the search for the best kitchens, bathrooms and homes across a number of the countries where Trends has a presence.




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