Material palette: Bligh Graham Architects

The residential work of Bligh Graham Architects is poetic and pragmatic, using natural materials to give texture and warmth. Here, we take a look at some of the practice’s staple products and materials.

Fibreglass sheeting

Flat and profiled fibreglass sheeting is used by Bligh Graham Architects for both screening and cladding. The practice likes its luminous quality and handmade aesthetic, which is similar to Japanese paper. The sheeting dramatically changes character with lighting. In the New Farm Studio, seen here, the light-green fibreglass sheeting selected for the garage door provides natural lighting to the interior and animates the elevation. ampelite.com.au

Ponds

Integrating ponds into a home can create a depth of experience, particularly when in a contained courtyard space in a subtropical climate. A pond in the Bulimba House entry courtyard helps create a transition from the street into the shade of the new lower level of this old Queenslander home.

Oiled timber adds warmth and texture to the Samford House, while offering durability.

Oiled timber adds warmth and texture to the Samford House, while offering durability.

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Oiled timber

The warmth, texture and flexibility of timber are qualities appreciated by Bligh Graham Architects. Concerns about maintenance and durability are addressed by placing the timber strategically and treating it with a protective product that is easy to apply. In the case of the Samford House, seen here, oiled, remilled and reclaimed ironbark beams were used as cladding boards. cutek.com.au

Sliding timber batten screens

A double-sided fireplace in the Chelmer House adds heat to outdoor rooms and strengthens indoor-outdoor connections.

A double-sided fireplace in the Chelmer House adds heat to outdoor rooms and strengthens indoor-outdoor connections.

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Sliding timber batten screens reflect Bligh Graham Architects’ pursuit of architecture that is both poetic and pragmatic. The screens have the ability to dramatically subdue the intense Queensland light as well as let the house breathe while remaining secure. A sliding timber screen is seen here in the Samford House.

Fireplaces

Steel plate for cabinet components, shutters, light fittings and awnings in the Chelmer House.

Steel plate for cabinet components, shutters, light fittings and awnings in the Chelmer House.

Image: Scott Burrows

Bligh Graham Architects often integrates a central fireplace or wood heater into a stone chimney. The principle rooms are gathered around this solid, strong element. A double-sided fireplace is often selected to provide heat to an outdoor room on winter nights and also to create a connection between inside and outside, as seen here in the Chelmer House.

Steel plate

Steel plate is used by Bligh Graham Architects in the fabrication of elements such as cabinet components, shutters, light fittings and awnings. In the Chelmer House, seen here, steel plate is used to line the island bench cabinet in the kitchen. onesteel.com

Read a profile of Bligh Graham Architects from Houses 97.

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Published online: 9 Jul 2014
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