Escape to this Dreamy Bathroom Oasis In A Chicago Skyscraper


Designer Jennifer Kranitz created an elegant master bathroom in Studio Gang’s iconic Aqua Tower in Chicago with tranquility in mind. The subdued gray-toned walls and flooring were customized in Tadelakt Plaster and fabricated by Chicago Ornamental Plastering. A brass stool by Noir punctuates the neutral palette in front of an MTI bathtub with Hansgrohe fittings.


At a moment when our homes are more important than ever, kitchen and bath spaces have become the ultimate safe havens—somewhere we can pause, unwind and take comfort at the end of the day. Today’s designers are incorporating minimalistic layouts, natural materials and soothing color palettes to create airy environments. Designer Jennifer Kranitz of Project Interiors took those elements to heart for a spacious Chicago bathroom imagining “a quiet, gentle setting where the owners can hit mute on the chaos of life.”

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Nestled high above the sprawling city of Chicago is this ideal urban oasis by designer Jennifer Kranitz of Project Interiors. Here, she walks us through the spectacular space, which involved combining two units in the luxury skyscraper.

That view! This bathroom offers an amazing cityscape.

We took into consideration everything happening outside when creating the design. We wanted it to be soft and serene in contrast to the city life visible through the floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows.

Tell us about the decision to use plaster.

Plaster is the main finish here and is incorporated on the floors, walls, tub, shower—everything! It’s very durable and low-maintenance. The various applications create movement and allow your eye to travel around the space. Plus, the material almost has a velvety look, which adds a subtle texture and scale to this very large room.

What should be top of mind when designing a bathroom?

While you want it to be pretty, it also has to work! Early on in the process, consider the functionality and how your client will live in the space. We were mindful of elements such as circulation, point of entry and storage while building this relaxing refuge.