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Material Palette: Kerstin Thompson

Crafted intelligently from straightforward materials, houses by Kerstin Thompson Architects are robust spaces for living in. Here, the practice shares a few favourite materials and textures.

Besser blocks

A cost-effective and direct material of great texture and colour. KTA uses this surface for shadow play, as seen here in the main bedroom of Big Hill.

Besser blocks in Big Hill House by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Besser blocks in Big Hill House by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Image: Trevor Mein


CSR Cemintel Compressed Sheet
Armourply in Ivanhoe House by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Armourply in Ivanhoe House by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Image: Patrick Bingham-Hall

KTA uses this material as an alternative to concrete when a lightweight system is required, as seen here at a house in Blairgowrie, Victoria. The slight variation in the individual sheets provides some texture and richness while still achieving a light-reflecting surface.


KTA uses armourply as a floor surface, wall panelling and joinery. An alternative to strip flooring, the whole panel highlights the wood grain and the blackbutt is especially hardy, as seen here at the Ivanhoe House.

Euroa glazed bricks

Glazed bricks reflect light and bring the colours of the outside in. They combine durability with texture and luminescence and work especially well in contrast with the matt quality of unglazed bricks.

Formply in Big Hill House by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Formply in Big Hill House by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Image: Trevor Mein

Dark ceilings can create a feeling of intimacy, as seen here at Big Hill. KTA uses formply – a black surface that has some sheen to reflect the surrounding colours and light. The variations from sheet to sheet add a further layer of interest.

See the practice profile of Kerstin Thompson Architects from HOUSES 91.



Published online: 5 Jun 2013
Images: Patrick Bingham-Hall, Trevor Mein


Houses, April 2013

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