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Textured and polished concrete makes strong statement

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article image Inside and out tones were kept neutral while textures were explored.

Textured concrete blocks and polished concrete surfaces have been used to make a strong statement about contemporary urban design in a newly built Melbourne home.

The choice of natural materials and colours and the smooth transition of colours has given the Hawthorn, Melbourne, home an organic feel and a sense that it is part of the landscape according to Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia .

Architect Valerie Tan of METIER3 Architects says the owner particularly loved the idea of juxtaposing a minimal palette of materials to explore textures.

A typical example is the contrast of smooth-face off-white concrete blocks with split-face blocks for both external walls and internal feature walls.

Externally, expressed bands of quarter-cut, split-face blocks help create definition, texture and shadow, providing relief on an otherwise monolithic wall. “Having done that on the outside, the same texture and contrast was echoed inside the house,” says Tan. “Feature walls at the fireplace and meal areas were designed as complementary yet contrasting elements, providing a counterpoint to one another and completing the spaces.”

To achieve a clean, minimal look the use of colour was kept to a minimum, with a tone-upon-tone layering of neutral colours. The ground floor level features polished white concrete flooring with in-floor heating. The colour was achieved using white cement, sand and white quartz.

The floor, which creates a flowing sense of space helps add to the house’s sense of continuity as the idea of seamless space is a repeated effect throughout, particularly where horizontal and vertical forms meet.

Source: Building Products News.

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