Concrete fireplace surround forms snug seat

Limed timber soffit reflects flooring

Limed timber soffit reflects flooring

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Raw materials and their use in our Homes.

Residences

- 02 July 2018

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Exposed brick walls, timber joists, unfinished blockwork – there has been an increasing move towards raw materials over the past years within people’s homes, but why? In a world where we are becoming more reliant in technology within most areas of our lives, the use of natural materials in our homes could be seen as a reaction against this virtual lifestyle. Traditional materials such as brick and timber are being revisited, bringing them into the present, such as the juxtaposition of an original brick wall within a crisp modern kitchen.

Adolph Loos wrote an essay called “Ornament and Crime” stating that materials should express honesty and simplicity. We are returning with a modern take on this, using material qualities which are not simply decorative but which contribute performative aspects to a building with intelligent surfaces. Timber clad ceilings can help to improve the acoustics within a room, and exposed joists are increasingly common in warm roof construction, removing unnecessary materials such as plasterboard.

At Normanton Avenue, we blended raw materials with crisp white walls and joinery to emphasize the white douglas fir floor and reflected clad ceiling plane, alongside a raw concrete fireplace and seating area. The result is a calming space which gives the client a relaxing home to return to and a break from the stresses of city life.

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