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A perfect balance of design and materials, this modern bath is washed in natural light and yet bold and monumental in form. Large, superbly crafted pieces of concrete establish a dramatic presence of stately mass in this residence. The feather grey concrete bathtub surround, vanity counter, and shower bench all add to the cool and serene feel of the modern bath that help to focus on the real beauty of the space—lush, vibrant woods framed by the picture window behind the luxurious soaking tub.
Project Objective + Client Feedback
The clients were looking for large, monolithic pieces for the bath. They wanted a “chunky” look and love the nature of concrete. Naturally occurring pinholes and slight color variations in concrete are extremely appealing to them. “No other material would have done this project justice,” says Phillip Markham of Concrete Clarity, project fabricator and director of Concrete Clarity.
Design + Expertise
This was Concrete Clarity’s first project of this scale; the entire project included two bathrooms and concrete counters for the kitchen. The firm has over 25 years of decorative concrete experience with a focus on paths and driveways, but, in 2008, Markham discovered Fu-Tung Cheng’s books and instructional DVDs and decided, in his own words, “to use concrete in ways rarely seen here in Australia.” Though Concrete Clarity has found decorative concrete projects more challenging to fabricate, they do find them much more rewarding to produce.
The Brewer Bath is a deceptively simple-looking project. The concrete forms were far more complex and time-intensive to build than originally planned. Markham discovered that tasks he thought would take one day ended up taking twice as long. However, the project was completed in only 3 weeks, and what began as a very humble material resulted in a beautifully sophisticated, modern environment. Markham’s entry gained high praise from the judges and is described as “seamless, modernist” and a “complete bath” where “geometry prevails.”
2010 Best Bath, CHENG Concrete Exchange Design Challenge
Recognized in the industry as the pinnacle of exceptional design and craftsmanship, the CHENG Concrete Exchange Design Challenge showcases talent and technical skill of the very best in creative concrete.
About Concrete Clarity
Concrete Clarity has been in the business of concrete for over 25 years, with a consistent track record of delivering quality workmanship. They offer a range of products and services, from handcrafted polished concrete countertops and master-built wood-fired pizza ovens to decorative concrete driveways and slabs for domestic and commercial applications.
Concrete Clarity understands that the concrete installations they produce are lasting, enduring structures—they assure that each is made with the highest possible quality materials and craftsmanship.