Modern Living: Bathrooms for Living

The bathroom is the most important room in any house. It is the one place where people can be nude, solitary and mute for any protracted period. It is a refuge for all reasons, serving also as laundry room, solarium, greenhouse and primping parlor, a place for delousing pets, deep thinking and stashing wet umbrellas. Yet even in its more basic functions, the contemporary American bathroom is "hopelessly antiquated and inadequate," in the view of Alexander Kira, an architect and Cornell professor who has immersed himself in the subject for 17 years. Indeed,...

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