Project Papers Vol 2

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Project Papers

Volume 02

Project Papers

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Frangipani House Architects Ink

Wurrungwuri Carter Williamson

Bellgave Residence SAOTA & Woods + Dangaran

Byron Bay Beach House Jase Sullivan

Q&A with Tom Fereday Mano Glass Bricks

Cliffside Thomas Hamel & Associates

Robinsons Run Bennett Murada Architects

Mary Ellen Rob Diaz, Diaz Alexander & Anastasia Ratia

Villa des Fleurs

CLO Studios

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Wyndam Limestone Flooring



Frangipani House

Frangipani House Location: Adelaide, Australia

Architecture & Interiors: Architects Ink Photography: Sam Noonan

Complex, restrained and a magnet for natural light, Frangipani House tells the story of ever-evolving form and function. The home was designed with a modernist lens and future-focused configuration to support and nurture a family.

Frangipani House is layered and complex … it celebrates both light and shadow, while unveiling views provide glimpses that tease, delight and connect spaces.

Wyndam Limestone Flooring


In a tight 495-square-metre footprint, the award-winning home offers tranquil experiences in distinctly defined spaces. The front-facing balconies and light-filled rooms invite the occupants to gently encounter the surrounding suburban landscape, while the rear of the property is cocooned in a white-brick-walled courtyard where the only external influence is the drifting sky above.

Neutral colours and earthy textures – including timber, polished concrete, brick and stone flooring – invite soft structure. The gentle, warm greys of Wyndam Limestone, used extensively internally and externally, are complemented by its subtle textural imperfections. Lightly distressed with sawn edges, the stone fits seamlessly into the contemporary setting. Depending on its locale and surrounding


Frangipani House

materials, Wyndam has a chameleon-like quality. On a sunny day, next to glass and white brick, it appears minimal, almost monochromatic. At night, enveloped by warm timber, the soft

colour variation comes out to play. Like the home, the forgiving, hard-wearing natural stone flooring will continue to evolve – beautifully and timelessly.

Scala Crazy Paving




Wurrungwuri Location: Sydney, Australia

Architecture & Interiors: Carter Williamson Build: Artechne

Photography: Pablo Veiga

Behind the façade of a late Victorian cottage sits a dramatic modern extension that embraces the challenges of building on a steep waterfront site. The addition – composed of concrete, steel, sandstone and timber – boldly ties the home’s history to the moment, creating a versatile canvas for the next chapter.

Scala Crazy Paving


The emphasis was placed on creating a seamless transition between inside and out, using the new addition to craft a deeper relationship between the existing heritage structure and the harbour surrounds. By spreading Scala travertine crazy paving across the lower level, the architects

were able to connect the deepest internal spaces with the key external spaces in one smooth gesture. Taking it one step further the stone was extended up into the skirting, further grounding the project.


Wurrungwuri Beautifully irregular, with soft texture and warm cream tones, the pavers add an extra layer of tactility to the art-filled home, inviting its residents to relax into its gentle, oasis-like surrounds with the harbour as the constant backdrop. The informal arrangement of the luxurious stone also complements the sunny poolside ambience of the cabana, ready to play host to years of social occasions big and small.

Scala Baw Baw Cross Travertine DryCut Stone Flooring Flooring Walling

Scala Split Traditional Format Walling

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Bellgave Residence

Bellgave Residence Location: Los Angeles, California

Architecture: SAOTA & Woods + Dangaran Landscape Design: FP/LD

Developer: Plus Development

Construction: OHS Design & Development Photography: Mike Kelley & Simon Berlyn

At the end of a cul-de-sac high in the Hollywood Hills sits Bellgave Residence, a contemporary interpretation of Pierre Koenig’s iconic 1960 Stahl House, which can be glimpsed on a promontory to the west. A warm and lavish home, it represents a creative exploration of travertine in design. The stone, in cross cut and split forms, is used both internally and externally in contrasting displays of texture.

Scala Cross Cut Flooring

▼ Scala Split Traditional Format Walling


The home unfolds over three tiers, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls facing the unobstructed L.A. skyline. The living room, bedrooms and bathrooms look out over the city, the view punctuated by walls clad in custom cut, split face Scala travertine, creating large areas of rich honeycomb texture.

Conversely, the travertine floors feature a clean sawn finish respecting the beautiful simplicity of the raw material. Its soft neutral tone and smooth supple feel underfoot allows it to be used generously to connect the indoor spaces with the vast alfresco terraces and pool area.


Bellgave Residence Defined by its compelling materiality, Bellgave Residence benefits from the contemporary application of a long-loved natural material and is a testament to not only how modernist architecture can be reinterpreted for the 21st century, but how a glorious ancient material remains deeply relevant.

Bodega Freeform Walling



Byron Bay Beach House

Byron Bay Beach House Location: Byron Bay, Australia Interior Design: Jase Sullivan

Build: Todd Knaus Constructions Photography: Prue Ruscoe

Between the commanding palm tree in the courtyard and the punchy watermelon pink of the poolside umbrellas, Byron Bay Beach House is whimsy writ large. The playfulness of the design – working within the framework of an existing mid-century home – is punctuated by masterly craftsmanship and artistic curation, imbuing the coastal residence with a blissful, fun, 1970s-inspired hotel-like vibe.

Bodega Freeform Walling



Byron Bay Beach House

Briefed to create a retreat that honoured the building’s bones while injecting flow, breathing space and natural light, Jase Sullivan delivered an entirely new experience by reconfiguring the floorplan and introducing an open, connected structure. Soft curves and materials are offset by statement-making black-framed windows and doors, offering glimpses into

the dreamy central courtyard where Bodega Freeform walling sits in a beautifully crafted arch. The stone walling is used liberally throughout the project, bringing a sense of robust drama to the main hallway, and serving as a neutral textural backdrop behind open shelving. Rugged and organic it has been left ungrouted, evoking feelings of traditional stonemasonry.

Mano Glass Bricks




Cool Tactility— Mano Glass Bricks by Eco Outdoor and Tom Fereday


A true artisanal offering, our Mano Glass Bricks are cast by hand using recycled glass, resulting in raw, uniquely textured organic surfaces. Offered in two shades and an expanding range of formats – including a signature elongated brick and a gently curved option. Here, Eco Outdoor Founder Ben Kerr and industrial designer Tom Fereday reflect on their experience bringing the award winning glass bricks to market.

Cool Tactility — Mano Glass Bricks




How did your collaboration come about? Ben Kerr: Tom and I often coincide with similar ideas. I started talking about bricks, and he was working on cast glass objects–so I suggested we work together. Tom had some viewpoints around our standard long-format glass bricks, and we started looking at curves as an option as well. It was an easy conversation and a collaborative process because we had both already done some exploration. Tom Fereday: From my perspective as an industrial designer, what came up was looking at how to take some of those narratives and go more three-dimensional, to work on a toolkit for architects and designers to develop their own forms from these designs.

Mano Glass Bricks

Tom, what concepts were you looking to bring to Mano Bricks? TF: One of the things Ben and I have in common is that we celebrate the material. The raw casting of glass has a character to it and a depth of quality; you don't need to overdesign it. When you work in building products on a large scale, it's important to be restrained, because on a whole wall it's quite significant. It was about working on the perceived value the glass inherently had. Eco Outdoor had worked on open-poured glass bricks where each one had unique variations or imperfections, such as little bubbles. We also worked with 70 per cent recycled glass, so each piece is different.

Ben, did you always feel that the bricks would have a handcrafted element? BK: Yes, definitely. When you use quality raw materials and you allow those materials to be expressed well, they just get better with time. I think this sense of timelessness resonates with people, from both an aesthetic and emotional perspective. The glass bricks are tactile, you want to touch them, not just look at them. I think that's where Tom and I are aligned.

Why the thin elongated shape? BK: We felt that a thinner, longer format brick had more architectural appeal. If you look back, it’s what has worked best over time. We also wanted to push the boundaries; no one's ever done a long glass brick, so we wanted to start with that. TF: The appeal to me was having as much glass as possible in the piece, and I think there's a unique aesthetic to that, it offers less broken block as you halve the number of visible joints across a wall.

What application ideas excite you? TF: I exhibited Mano Bricks at Melbourne Design Week and the feedback was fantastic. It's been interesting because there’s been a large variety of interest across interior and architecture. We’ve had enquiries from interior designers around possible retail use – for example, as a bar or integrated furniture elements in building design – through to enquiries around façades. It's exciting that this one brick has evolved into a collection that we're continuing to grow. We're putting objects into the market that could be in a building for centuries to come. That whole conversation around materiality and longevity is important; I’m proud to say this is a product that can go into a building and bring a purity of material and quality.


BK: We’ve had an enquiry from New York for an artist to use the bricks to create a glass pyramid, and we're also looking at a project in a traditional apartment where they're wanting a glass wall to let in light. We think the potential applications are massive, but we're only just starting to see the way that could evolve and develop. We have a curve brick; a block, and we also want to do a hook curve. Our intention is to slowly release these forms as we learn, and see how the industry responds.

The raw casting of glass has a character to it and a depth of quality; you don't need to overdesign it.

Cool Tactility — Mano Glass Bricks

What are you looking forward to?




Cliffside Location: NSW South Coast, Australia

Interiors: Thomas Hamel & Associates Photography: Pablo Veiga

When interior designer Thomas Hamel and his partner George Massar found the perfect canvas for their dream weekender in a small coastal enclave south of Sydney, their combined creative vision soon saw the house transformed into a luxurious, grounded refuge from city life. The pair desired a sense of flow and calm that was anchored in the surrounding landscape – massive boulders, dramatic gum trees and a staggered outcrop that spills down towards the ocean. They used softening textures and natural colours to achieve a relaxed organic foundation for a home filled with a lifetime’s worth of treasures.

Ambrose Technifirma Flooring




We thought Technifirma was a wonderful choice because it’s robust, it’s hardy, but it still has that natural stone texture without worrying about sealing and staining.

Drawn to texture

As a weekender, it was important that the home’s materiality was low maintenance. Technifirma – a hard-wearing porcelain flooring, with a softly aged look and texture akin to natural stone – was the ideal option for the main living area, kitchen

and bathrooms, and is the perfect marriage of practicality and ambience. It works in harmony with the custom plaster-textured wallpaper and timber furnishings.

Ambrose Technifirma Flooring

▼ Willow Wood Flooring




A warm heart

For the bedrooms, the pair wanted the warmth and texture of timber and were drawn to the earthy grey patina and distressed texture of Willow Wood flooring. Made from French oak, Willow has a distinctive wave pattern and is hand-finished using a traditional process that

creates an authentic weathered look without the need for artificial dyes. In tandem, Technifirma and Willow evoke a sense of refinement and create a grounding materiality that is an idyllic reflection of the home’s locale.

Wamberal Freeform Walling

▼ Luca Crazy Paving



Robinsons Run

Robinsons Run

Location: Kangaroo Valley, Australia

Architecture & Interiors: Bennett Murada Architects Build: Buildline

Photography: Brett Boardman

Robinsons Run bloomed from the embers of great loss. The original 1970s house, located below a stone escarpment in NSW’s Kangaroo Valley, was destroyed by bushfire in 2020. The clients embraced the opportunity to build anew, regenerating the land and reincarnating the home built upon it. In response to the vulnerability, the architect ensured the sustainable design responded to the environmental risk while embracing nature’s intrinsic sensuality.

Luca Crazy Paving


With stone, rammed earth and timber directly referencing the surroundings, the building immerses its occupants in the landscape. Natural stone is fundamental to the material palette. Externally, the brown, rust and grey tones of Wamberal Freeform walling complement the zinc and concrete walls, while the deeply textured stone faces contrast with the smooth, sharp surfaces.

Aligned with the idea of immersion in the Australian bush, the palette is tactile, raw, timeless and durable, allowing finishes to settle into place over time. 30

Robinsons Run A critical part of the experience is the use of Luca crazy paving, which extends from internal floors out to exterior courtyards, blurring the enclosure lines. As the non-combustible base of the building, the stone forms an important part of the bushfire protection strategy. The split stone texture and irregular format further enrich the grounding experience of the space and create a natural feeling underfoot, designed to linger between rooms – and over generations.

Bokara Freeform Walling, Endicott Filetti Flooring

▼ Saldon Cobblestones



Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen

Location: Los Angeles, California

Architecture: Rob Diaz, Diaz Alexander & Anastasia Ratia Build: Diaz & Alexander Studio

Photography: LA Light, Todd Goodman

Newly built yet ostensibly ageless, Mary Ellen by Rob Diaz is a relaxed home that is defined by its masterfully mixed material palette. Located in L.A.’s Studio City, the residence’s contemporary architecture has been timelessly tempered by a wealth of natural stone, from organic textured walling to subtle cobblestones. Blending European classicism with understated Californian cool, the home honours the splendour in imperfection.

Pendell Cobblestones

▼ Bokara Freeform Walling, Endicott Filetti Flooring



Mary Ellen

Immediately revealed at Mary Ellen’s threshold, is the rugged Bokara Freeform walling and Endicott Filetti flooring. Boldly textured and beautifully irregular, each Bokara stone evokes the permanence of traditional stonemasonry. Flitting between rich creams and sparse punches of rust, Bokara interacts fluently with a reclaimed oak gate and lengthy segments of

warm, grey-brown toned Endicott Filetti at its feet. The flooring creates a robust and tactile plane that grounds the entry. The home’s outdoor terraces and primary hallway use cobblestones to recall bygone eras while at once forging a modern identity. In the hallway they form a relaxed, creamy grey and hushed blush palette underfoot without distracting from the light oak

cabinetry and smooth clay walls. Their distinct character is showcased by forgoing grout, allowing each tumbled edge to emerge. The designer’s curation of stone products deftly displays the transformative potential of natural materials among contemporary forms. Each tile and paver possesses a uniquely organic profile that celebrates imperfect authenticity.

Cotto Luce Flooring



Villa des Fleurs

Villa des Fleurs Location: Sunshine Coast, Australia Interior Design: CLO Studios Build: Jack Clissold

Photography: Pablo Veiga

Blossoming from humble beginnings, Villa des Fleurs (“house of flowers”) is the elevated reimagining of a 70s-era brick home. The restoration distils European sensibilities with coastal ease, producing a setting of luxurious tactility that is underscored by a foundation of Cotto Luce flooring.

Cotto Luce Flooring


Grounding the residence with organic materials plays a pivotal role in the home’s interior experience. Of the Cotto range, which varies from rustic red to rich charcoal, Luce proved the ideal choice for Villa des Fleurs. The rawness of light terracotta in a spectrum of natural clay tones communes easily with ivory rendering and pops of playful colour throughout.

Preserving centuries-old manufacturing processes, Cotto tiles are hand-moulded and kiln-fired in Italy. Each terracotta block emerges from the flames nuanced with a unique fingerprint, imparting an inimitable finish to the home and reinforcing the project’s bespoke nature.


Villa des Fleurs

Despite being traditionally used for exterior applications, laying Cotto tiles indoors is a novel example of impactful design knowingly executed. The tactility of the tiles’ imperfect surface faintly ripples underfoot and possesses a surprising softness that mellows further with time.

Villa des Fleurs forges a striking balance of robust materials and delicate detailing that is anchored by the solidity and inherent calm of Cotto Luce tiles – each one a timeless slice of authentic Italian artistry.

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