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Interior Materials Get Exceptional Effects Treatment

Interior surfaces — walls, ceilings, floors — are usually thought of as simple canvases where other substances are applied; painted drywall is the most apparent example. However, the following photographs demonstrate that more substantial stuff can be used indoors to create exceptional surfaces and spaces within a home. Finally the focus is on the consequences generated by using their articulation, not on the substances themselves.

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Schwartz and Architecture

OK, what’s this? An outlet cover gone crazy? It’s really a freestanding screen that acts as a guardrail on one side of a stair. The following photograph shows it in context.

Schwartz and Architecture

Produced by Schwartz and Architecture with consultant SUM, the screen is a billowing plastic wall whose expression was completely shaped with computers. Different-size rectangular openings are turned right into a grid which undulates to create a vertical counterpoint into the timber treads.

Rossington Architecture

Think porosity involving a stair and different parts of the home demands complex design and consultants to pull it off? Not necessarily, as this simple wall using spaced slats illustrates. I could observe the spacing of the slats varied to add interest and also to let more light and views between the stair and the adjacent room.

Schwartz and Architecture

Also by Schwartz and Architecture is the toilet renovation, an all-white environment which receives some feel in the shape of bowed tiles in the shower. The fitting grout gives the walls a distinctive monolithic look.

Island Stone

A similar monolithic look is found in this wall faced in rock with tiles offset in a relief pattern. The capacity for shadows is highlighted from the floor lights installed beside the wall.

Resolution: 4 Architecture

I’ve always been a lover of exterior stuff showing up indoors. Such is the case with the cement-board panels in this home by Resolution: 4 Architecture, in which an exterior volume is clad in the material. The other exterior surface is timber, echoed in the handrail that is propped upon a white metallic bracket secured to the panels.

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CAST architecture

In this mid-20th-century renovation by Cast architecture, I enjoy the juxtaposition of both old wood and new handrail and bracket. Both new bits are articulated with boxy borders, fitting into the house’s contemporary style.

Hufft Projects

At just shy of 8,000 square feet, there is plenty of room in the Curved House for Hufft Projects to experiment with substances. One of the more unique applications is that this etched and cut-steel box-out. I am not sure what purpose it serves — a radiator cover comes to mind — but it sure is beautiful.

Brennan + Company Architects

Corrugated metal on the interior? Yes, really. Brennan + Company Architects created an interior”street” in this renovation of an old street house. The corrugated metal is juxtaposed with different substances to let off each room the hallway stick out.

jones | haydu

Continuing with metal, here is an improvement by jones | haydu that yells steel into its differently tiles and wood palette. Steel grating can be utilized for the second-floor hallway, allowing light to filter down into the lower level and make the inclusion more spacious. Simply wipe your shoes before you walk on it.


Built-ins are a great chance to do interesting things using substances, especially where we interact with them. The openings in these closet doors are simple, yet they clearly say,”tug.”

Laidlaw Schultz architects

The color and texture of those timber cabinets are quite rich. However, what stands out is how the construction was carefully planned so the grain proceeds across the different panels. Horizontal reveals follow the direction of the grain, both countered by the projecting pulls at the lower portion of these panels.

Mell Lawrence Architects

My ideabook on exterior stuff finished with Mell Lawrence’s cast-in-place concrete studio, so this one does exactly the same, illustrating how the interior and exterior finishes are basically identical. While the scaly feel from outside is flattened inside, the horizontal lines and the various holes are consistent, furthering the belief that the studio has been carved out of a monolithic solid.

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