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STEEL WINDOWS OFFER FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON EN-SUITE BATHROOM

A London based architect has chosen to make dramatic use of steel windows to form a screen between the main bedroom and en-suite bathroom within her own apartment, with a member of the Steel Window Association manufacturing and installing the bespoke design solution.

Julia Feix is a partner in Feix and Merlin, an independent practice which prides itself on offering clients solutions full of flair and ‘mystery’. True to her philosophy, the architect decided to stretch the boundaries in reconfiguring the master bedroom of the property she had purchased on the top floor of a converted school near Elephant and Castle. Then having arrived at a design that fulfilled the multiple criteria of her partner and herself, Julia Feix engaged West Leigh to fabricate and install the screen.

Julia Feix commented saying: “I bought the conversion even though my partner and I loathed the bathroom: it was partially screened off from the bedroom with an internal window looking into it. The first design we considered was to have it all open plan, but for privacy reasons decided against it.”

The alternative solution adopted was to create a step up from the sleeping space into the bathroom – by laying a resin screed - and to make a transparent division using W20 steel windows divided into small units. As Julia explained: “I liked the appearance of the small panes, which also reflected some of the features of the conversion which has sliding sash windows. It is far more attractive than having a frameless, floor to ceiling glass partition.”

The screen was produced in hot dip galvanized W20 sections which were polyester powder coated with a RAL grey finish. It is glazed with 4 mm thick toughened float glass and measures 3200 mm by 2164 mm high. There is a single leaf door to access the en-suite, hung on brass hinges and fitted with satin chrome ironmongery including single handles, and a friction top arm.

Julia Feix was quoted in London’s Evening Standard as saying: “We spent our money on the floor, the glass partition and the taps. It cost us £20K, but it is definitely worth it, having transformed the space and the way we live in it – we love it. The best thing we did was to take that old wall out and put in the glass.”