Textured Bluestone Marries Minimalist Design in This Timeless Abode
Named the Quarry House, this striking, bluestone-clad dwelling has been designed by creative architecture studio Finnis Architects in collaboration with interior designer Carmel Iudica. The seemingly simple, geometric exterior form balances with the minimalistic, open interiors, natural materials, and repetitive architectural elements that carry throughout the home from indoors to out.
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A refined, subdued palette forms the exterior facade and passes onto the interior living spaces. The rectilinear shape of the home is decorated by vertical and horizontal joints of bluestone cladding, adding texture to a simple formwork. Expansive glazing breaks up the solid wall while drawing plentiful daylight into the main living spaces.
On the interior, powder-coated steel, timber-clad soffits, wood casework, and natural stone accents create bright, warm living spaces that seamlessly transition from one to the other. An open-plan lifestyle is supported by separate living zones arranged on two floors.
Social gathering spaces, such as the kitchen, living, and dining areas, are all located on the main floor and oriented toward the home's private outdoor space. Four bedrooms are located above on the first floor, yet remain visually connected to the main living spaces and outdoor areas.
For a home that has no front or backyard, there are ample exterior spaces that wrap around and into the living spaces. A layering of construction materials blurs the boundary between outside and inside. From stone, to glass, to movable curtains, to open space, the transparent building envelope splits the discrepancy between the two environments, creating a daylight interior that opens directly onto the sun and sky. This is a modern dwelling sure to suit a growing family who wants to engage with the alluring Australian environment without sacrificing good design.