December 9, 2020 | Products Projects Trends
Calacatta Blanco exudes the beauty of natural stone in ACT home

Project Featured: Swan House
Stone Featured: Calacatta Blanco
Architecture and Interior Design: Collins Pennington Architects
Joinery: Design Craft
Photography: Stefan Postles

A 30-minute drive out of the centre of Canberra, the Swan Drive property is a sight to behold. Guided by a brief to design a modest, modern home that integrated into the landscape, Canberra-based Collins Pennington Architects (CPA) created a unique masterpiece that highlights the beauty of nature.

The long, low form of the three-bedroom home sits gracefully atop a dam, giving the impression of floating on water. The intent was to elongate the house and use it as a bridge connecting two previously isolated sections of the landscape. Internally, the primary focus is the entertaining hub; the living and dining room having a central focus and importance, and a view across the water to the property.

Complementing the elongated design, the breathtaking property features a waterfall island bench long enough to accommodate dual taps for the single undermount sink. Beautifully flowing through the benchtop edge are the magnificent veins of Smartstone Calacatta Blanco, a quartz surface with brown-grey veining on a luminous white background accented with gold highlights.

One of the more popular veined surfaces in the collection, Calacatta Blanco comes in a jumbo size with a slab length of 3200mm, offering more design options and allowing for longer and bigger benchtop space. Replicating the natural look of marble, it is available in left and right versions making vein matching possible.

According to CPA’s design team, “Smartstone was selected as the client wanted the versatility of reconstituted stone bench tops but the appearance of natural stone to tie into the organic nature of the site. Smartstone’s illustration of marble in their benchtop range met both these client requirements.”

Swan House has received the ACT Institute of Architects named Award for residential architecture – the Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award. It was shortlisted for HOUSES Magazine New House award in 2018.

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