The overall feeling of the three-storey residence in Armadale is lightness – almost an ethereal floating quality created by the sun refracting over the granite façade. This is a contradiction to the reality of the 260 tonnes of granite which make up the building’s skin.
The natural texture and irregularity of the split-faced material blurs the hard lines of the stacked rectilinear building. While the building is strong, it sits quietly in its surroundings.
The use of three types of granite unifies the external and internal spaces. While all the materials are all substantial, when used together, there is evenness through the house. In order for this to work, the architectural detailing was integrated with fine craftsmanship by the builders and stone masons. Working together, we were able to create subtle variation in the materials and intricate details where a slight change in the finish makes the same material fit for a different function. In a few places, this required thinking of atypical applications for the stone and working with suppliers to push custom fabrications. This is particularly evident in the master ensuite where a custom bath and basin were engineered from solid blocks of stone creating a seamless detailing throughout the project.