This project is a renovation of a bathroom on the top floor of a late 19th century house located near Amsterdam. The antique 100-year old cast iron enamel clawfootbath and original timber doors are the only remaining elements from the existing bathroom. Even though the bathroom became contemporary with all according features it doesn’t become sterile as many other modern bathrooms. Experiences of nature formed the inspiration: the characteristics of water, the interaction of light and shadows, frost and decay, taking into account the ageing of the space and the materials. Existing materials from the house are continued into the space: terrazzo and plaster ceilings while the original timber doors are painted glossy black to give them a new life.
Ceramic tiles with a floral relief compose the walls. Like the rest of the copperwork, they will age over time taking on a greenish tint. There aren’t traditional fittings in this bathroom. They all are made of copper pipes here and have very unusual shapes. These pipes will also change their looks with age.