Cantilever House


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Austral Masonry

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Artique Dynamic Designer Masonry

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The dramatic design of this house on a new estate in the suburbs of Geelong is as much a response to the steeply-sloping site as an aesthetic consideration. The soaring, cantilevered upper level oversails the solid lower level which is primarily clad with Austral Masonry Artique Dynamic split-face concrete masonry.

Although the building features a variety of materials, the Sandstone-coloured concrete masonry predominates to the street, complementing the cedar panelling. The upper level is finished in composite fibre-cement panels, cedar and corrugated steel. The split face of the Artique Dynamic Designer Masonry is formed by moulding a double block and literally splitting it in half.

The resulting face texture is unique to each unit, mimicking the rough-hewn appearance of natural stone. Split face blocks are a great way to add texture to building facade. They are also maintenance free and cost effective.