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Material palette: Popov Bass Architects

The material palette of Sydney practice Popov Bass Architects reflects a Scandinavian design sensibility and a contemporary approach to space-making.

Exposed steel work

Exposed steel, with its light and crisp appearance, provides contrast to the more textured materials such as timber, seen here at the Kirribilli House. onesteel.com

The Kirribilli House features exposed steel work.

The Kirribilli House features exposed steel work.

Image: Kraig Carlstrom

Off-form concrete

Popov Bass Architects uses off-form concrete, which improves with age, for its structural and sculptural qualities.

Solid timber

This material has warmth and character and can be used in various applications. Here, timber flooring is seen at Kirribilli House. aahardwoods.com.au

The Kirribilli House has a solid timber floor.

The Kirribilli House has a solid timber floor.

Glass blades

Glass blades are used as privacy screens, allowing for directed views and privacy for the occupants.

Black timber stain

As well as providing protection to external timber cladding, black timber stain also adds depth of colour to the walls, as seen in the exterior of the Whale Beach House. sikkens.com

The Whale Beach House has black timber stained walls.

The Whale Beach House has black timber stained walls.

Terracotta cladding and porcelain tiles at the Mosman House.

Terracotta cladding and porcelain tiles at the Mosman House.

Image: Kurt Arnold

Terracotta cladding

Terracotta is used for its warm yet crisp appearance. It is also durable and requires little maintenance. creaton.de/en

Porcelain tiles

Available in a wide variety of colour and sizes, porcelain is a great material for creating durable surfaces for modern homes, such as the Mosman House. dilorenzo.net.au

Read a profile of Popov Bass Architects here.



Published online: 21 Jan 2013
Images: Kraig Carlstrom, Kurt Arnold, Sharrin Rees


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