By Ruth Doherty
If proof were needed that colour in the bathroom is back on the agenda, this is it. A stunning apartment renovation in Malta has showed perfectly how to create a contemporary retro design with classically beautiful Drummonds bathroom products.
Malta’s Balluta Buildings are an Art Nouveau gem. Built in 1928, they were the largest and most luxurious apartments in Europe at that time.
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This apartment is one of the first to undergo major renovation and the client’s brief to local architectural practice Rebirth at Cuschieri Architects was to restore the space to its former Art Nouveau glory, with the addition of modern comforts.
Down to the smallest detail, the choice of materials, fixtures and fittings was crucial throughout, maintaining authenticity and reflecting the exceptional quality of the original apartment.
Taking inspiration from Moroccan hammams, the wet room, designed to be one of the major wow factors of the apartment, places Drummonds bathroom products centre stage.
A pair of floor-standing Grand shower pipes make a dramatic statement within the space. Classic fittings soften the masculine feel of the room whilst the Brushed Brass finish provides a warm counterbalance to the vibrant green, geometric tiles that adorn the walls and floor.
An entirely bespoke finish, the Brushed Brass will age with time creating a patina, perfectly in-keeping with the style of the building.
The large window and high ceilings of the space allowed the architects to create a spacious-feeling bathroom in a relatively small room, accentuated by the continuous tiling on two planes.
The floor slopes to allow water from the twin showers to drain away under the window, a complex feat to achieve in a period building. Clever, design-conscious, and stylish - it's a daring modern statement with a nod to the past.
Architecture & interior design by Rebirth at Cuschieri Architects carchitects.eu. Visit Drummonds to shop.
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