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throughout the house. Selected to contrast with
the white walls, the dark frames also give the
illusion of ‘shadow’ under the materials during
the day, then seem to ‘disappear’ at night.
The Polyurea polished concrete floor laid
throughout the lower level highlights the natural
texture and colours of this industrial finish
honestly and unashamedly, while the concrete
kitchen bench and upstand demonstrate how
versatile and stylish this product can be.
Upstairs, where the bedrooms are located,
the ambience is a little warmer, with timber
features and a neutral colour palette. The cedar
cladding from outside has been introduced as
a feature wall in the master bedroom, just as the
front external block-work also appears throughout
the home. This creates a consistent design both
internally and externally.
The materials and colour scheme followed
the architect’s principle of ‘wabi-sabi’. This
is a Japanese Zen principle of aesthetics
based on the acceptance of the beauty of
nature and imperfections as they exist.
Architecturally, it is about the expression of
natural materials, spaces and forms as they appear,
and intentionally emphasising the beauty of flaws
This principle is evident with the concrete
edge of the upper-level slab that has been left
raw, with imperfections, dimples and even tool
marks. These flaws are further accentuated by
the stark contrast of the white, smooth bulkhead
over the kitchen below.
The outcome is a contemporary style home that
harmoniously blends a mix of materials to create
clean lines and bold finishes.
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