Awash With Nature: Six Homes That Will Let You Revel In The Elements

like the days As we get longer and the temperature begins to rise, our appetite to engage with nature grows. Celebrating the beginning of spring and its promise of warmth and regeneration, we’re restoring six homes that are beautifully designed to engage with the outside world—especially when bathing and showering.

Waterloo House by Anthony Gil Architects

In Waterloo House by Anthony Gill Architects, a spacious upstairs bathing area opens onto a verdant garden.

Image: Peter Bennetts

Sydney’s mild climate lends itself to outdoor living for most of the year. However, accessing it in a meaningful way while maintaining a reasonable level of privacy on a terrace less than five meters wide was quite a challenge. This sensitive extension of a heritage listed Sydney townhouse encourages outdoor living, with a spacious upstairs bathing area opening onto a leafy garden and another tucked away behind the original outbuilding. Continue reading…

Lindfield House by Arent and Pyke with Polly Harbison Design

Arent and Pyke's Lindfield House with Polly Harbison Design features a shower room surrounded by tall brick walls open to the sky.

Arent and Pyke’s Lindfield House with Polly Harbison Design features a shower room surrounded by tall brick walls open to the sky.

Image: Anson Smart

It’s hard to resist the allure of the garden, particularly at Lindfield House where mature and fantastical landscape envelops the grounds. To honor this landscape, the shower room is entirely outdoors, surrounded by tall brick walls open to the sky. Handcrafted tiles and recycled bricks, punctuated by an oversized portal window, envelope the space. The sunset experience, when the portal window frames the fiery sky and the stars appear overhead, is simply breathtaking. Continue reading…

Garden Rooms Bungalow by Myers Ellyett

In Myers Ellyett's Bungalow Garden Rooms, a contemporary outdoor shower has been placed at the southwest corner of the pool.

In Myers Ellyett’s Bungalow Garden Rooms, a contemporary outdoor shower has been placed at the southwest corner of the pool.

Image: Cathy Schusler

This renovation of a subtropical home in Brisbane cleverly negotiates an architecturally significant 1960s cream-colored brick home to create a series of engaging ‘garden rooms’ that expand the family’s everyday living space through engagement with nature. Myers Ellyett designed two new pergola structures, one with a modern outdoor shower under an arbor structure on the southwest corner of the pool. Continue reading…

Long Road House by James Russell Architect

In James Russell Architect's Long Road House, wooden shutters tempt bathers to connect with nature.

In James Russell Architect’s Long Road House, wooden shutters tempt bathers to connect with nature.

Image: Toby Scott

Long Road House maximizes the use of open-air space and plays with the distinction between inside and outside. The house is planned as two wings opening onto a mesh curtained courtyard. Through semi-enclosed corridors, the resident gains access to the outdoor bathhouse, where wooden shutters offer the opportunity to commune with nature from either the tub or the shower. Continue reading…

Daylesford Longhouse from Partners Hill

In Partners Hill's Daylesford Longhouse, a playful outdoor terracotta brick bathroom with white glazed sides and ends opens to the fields beyond.

In Partners Hill’s Daylesford Longhouse, a playful outdoor terracotta brick bathroom with white glazed sides and ends opens to the fields beyond.

Image: Rory Gardiner

It’s easy to lose track of whether you’re inside or outside at Daylesford Longhouse, as the interior and exterior design are cleverly intertwined. A playful bathroom of white glazed terracotta bricks and terracotta mortar is open to the fields beyond. Continue reading…

Riley’s Terrace by Adele McNab Architects

At Riley's Terrace by Adele McNab Architects, the provision of living space and compact bath allows flexibility of use in the rear pavilion.

At Riley’s Terrace by Adele McNab Architects, the provision of living space and compact bath allows flexibility of use in the rear pavilion.

Image: Clinton Weaver

Riley’s Terrace can be imagined as two independent pavilions – one single story, the other two stories – communicating through an open courtyard. Essentially, the patio type was reimagined as a courtyard house, with no covered connection between the front and rear pavilions, exposing the house to the elements. The architect installed an outdoor shower by Brooklyn Copper Co. so residents could indulge in the simple pleasure of showering with the sun on their skin while enjoying the view of the gnarled grass tree. Continue reading…

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