Serene soaks

Create a tranquil mood with spa-like tubs and nature views

Serene soaks

Sculptural calm

The master bath in John Ward's Los Angeles home takes a minimalist approach to celebrating nature. The intent, says architect Ron Radziner, was to treat the bathing area as part of the landscape. A large sliding glass door lets in plenty of light while providing a calming view of the private side garden from the cedar Japanese soaking tub. "When you slide open the glass door, the tub becomes part of the outdoors," Ward says. "It's very therapeutic." The simple geometry of the room - the cedar-plank cabinet, the partition between bathing area and vanity, and the floor - derives from the tub, which is a rectangular wood box.

DESIGN: Marmol Radziner + Associates, Los Angeles (310/826-6222)
Source: Hinoki Soaking Tub, $8,500 (www.oregonhinokiproducts.com or 503/829-4524).

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