Endorsed by

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


australbricks.com

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.
cemintel.com.au

Armourply

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.
bigrivergroup.com.au

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.
glazedbricks.com

Formply
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.
bigrivergroup.com.au

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

Source

Practice

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

Issue

Houses, April 2013

Related topics

More practice

See all
The planting scheme of the Kampung Admirality was designed by Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl. Plants overflow from each level, creating a community park for the 11 housing blocks. Architecture in the age of loneliness

Tracey Ingram explores a number of interiors around the world that highlight the importance of designing communal spaces in a contradictory epoch of hyper-connectivity and …

Inside the office of Kieran Timberlake in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Searching and searching again: Research in practice

Billie Faircloth, partner at Kieran Timberlake, argues that a conversation on research in architectural practice begins by making the word “research” more approachable.

Scott Base with Mount Erebus in the background. There were differing accounts about why the buildings were painted green. A popular theory was that the Superintendent, Bob Thomson, liked Ireland's white cottages surrounded by green and reversed this combination for Scott Base. An Antarctic collaboration

Hugh Broughton and Stephen Middleton on working in one of the most collaborative design teams imaginable in Antarctica.

Amy Muir and Shelley Penn at Parlour’s Melbourne Autumn Salon 2017. Gender equity needed 'in every nook and cranny of architecture,' census analysis shows

In 2012, Parlour published its first and devastating statistical portrayal of the loss of women from the architecture profession and their sparseness at senior levels. …

Calendar