This 27 sq ft powder room is by far the smallest space in this 3,200 square foot home. The powder room sits behind a board-formed concrete wall next to the front door. In conjunction with our structural engineer and a master-mason, we developed a way to embed planks of acrylic into the south-facing concrete wall. During the day, the acrylic captures the intense sun (while the concrete keeps the space temperate), creating a vibrant and entirely unexpected light show when one opens the powder room door. From the outside, the acrylic planks appear simply as dark striations in the concrete. At night, though, a timed light inside the bathroom illuminates the backside of the wall and creates an intriguing glowing nightlight at the front door.

The constraints of board-formed concrete and the sequencing of this type of construction determined a pattern that could keep the material integrity of the concrete while also pushing its limits. In addition, the requirements for the vertical members of rebar created a staggered pattern that suggests movement –a theme that we carried throughout the project. After several experimental concrete pours, the final detail turned a typical powder room into a design feature that pushes the limits of material and construction and jolts our preconceptions of what lies behind a simple bathroom door. The wall appears to transform from solid to penetrable; from tame to wild; from utilitarian to spectacle; from dark to light-filled and poetic. Please contact us for more detailed information.