ISSUE 14  |  Less Is More

Steal This Look: An Open-Air Concrete Bath

April 08, 2014 1:30 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

Over the weekend, Julie showed us a Mumbai-area house perched on a stream; the owners cross a bridge to reach the master bedroom and bath. We instantly fell for the minimal concrete bath that lives both indoors and out. Here, we’ve sourced the elements to recreate the look: 

For more, see A River Runs Through It: Brio Architects in India.

Above: The open-air bath, where a narrow patch of open ceiling allows a beam of sunlight into the room. Photograph by Sebastian Zachariah. 

Above: For a weather-resistant floor surface that stays cool, consider black Kerala Slate Pavers; 24-by-24-inch square tiles that are 1 1/4 inches thick are $2.29 per square foot from Builder Direct.

Above: At night a ceiling light, courtesy of a simple disk with an LED, stands in for sunlight. A Disc Double LED Wall Or Ceiling Light is $400 from YLighting.

Above: The Stone Store in Hanover, Maryland offers 5-8 inch DelVal River Decorative Gravel; check with regional suppliers about purchasing similar stone locally.

Above: For the free-standing towel rack, we like the Ekoline Free Standing Wooden Towel Rail in oak; £97.20 from Homebits UK. In the US, try the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Towel Rack Kit; it’s made in the US of solid maple and available from Amazon for $92.50.

Above: For the wastebasket, we found the Manado Square Round Basket from Crate & Barrel, made in Indonesia of banana fiber and rattan; currently on sale for $39.97 (down from $69.95) from Crate & Barrel.

Above: Nandina Organics is a good source to find a similar bath towel. A 39-by-71-inch Peshtemal Striped hand-loomed organic cotton towel is $59.

Above: For the sink, recreate the look affordably with the Kraus Ceramic Vessel Bathroom Sink with chrome pop-up drain; $129.95 at

Above: The Ariel CO1009 Contemporary European Toilet with dual flush is a good approximation of the toilet shown here and is available in the US; $485 at Appliances Connection.

For more bathing outdoors, see 10 Favorites: Outdoor Showers; Steal This Look: An Airy Outdoor Shower; and on Remodelista, High/Low: Rugged Outdoor Shower.