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5 rules for using mixed materials

Article by Homes to Love

With ANZ, Homes to Love is exploring the ways we live now, under the theme of ‘Mixed Materials’ – and how this trend allows us to live and build today.

The front facade of architect Marshall Cook’s home is a masterclass in careful use of materials with careful but practical composition - the marble admits light into the shower area and the terracotta cladding is fireproof.

The front facade of architect Marshall Cook’s home is a masterclass in use of materials with careful but practical composition – the marble admits light into the shower area and the terracotta cladding is fireproof.

 

The 5 rules:

  1. Get the architecture right. Beautiful materials are an expression of good design, not the other way around.
  2. Choose quality materials that last and age well – mixing it up is no excuse for making it cheap.
  3. Make it practical – the terracotta cladding on the exterior of the Cook house acts as a fire-proofing mechanism, allowing them to build closer to the boundary.
  4. Keep it real. Choose products that have authenticity – timber, metal and stone have honesty and rigour, even when used in creative ways.
  5. Get a good builder. You’ll need a craftsman to make this work.

 

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