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Victorian Home Receives Stunning Modern Upgrade Using Contemporary Façade Material

Quarry House, Hook Turn Architecture, Brunswick East, Australia, Photography Ben Tole

The Quarry House sits on a quiet Brunswick East street in Australia. Designed by Hook Turn Architecture the project renovated a Victorian home taking cues from the area’s rich local history. The town is dependent on the brick and bluestone quarry industries, with the materials showcased throughout the home.

Quarry House, Hook Turn Architecture, Brunswick East, Australia, Photography Ben Tole
Photography ©Ben Tole

The architects describe the project as being constructed almost entirely of stonework and the ground floor addition “remains faithful to this material.” To provide a complementary, but also stark contrast to the masonry, the architects clad the upper story in folded zinc ALPOLIC panels. As the architects further explain, “The zinc panels recall columnar basalt, eroded at the rear façade to provide an arched, cave-like outline to the new master bedroom window.”

Quarry House, Hook Turn Architecture, Brunswick East, Australia, Photography Ben Tole
Photography ©Ben Tole

The architects purposefully chose some modern materials and contemporary techniques to maximize daylight and optimize space. The architects explain, “By arranging the second story mass at the rear, north facing end of the house, we have also limited the visibility of the addition behind the 1880s Victorian facade.”

The main contrasting element, the zinc, was provided by ALPOLIC Materials. The material is enriched with Lumiflon FEVE resin technology. Metal cladding coated with Lumiflon fluoropolymer technology achieves a plethora of benefits including longer life cycles, reduced costs, higher gloss ranges and unparalleled weatherability.

Lumiflon-enriched coating systems have a proven track record in durability and sustainability, lasting longer and achieving better color retention over time versus traditional PVDF coating technologies. The weathering resistance of Lumiflon is especially important for Australian facades that experience both high heat and salt degradation.

photography © Ben Tole via Archello

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