Despite their proximity to the city, Ashbury Terraces borrow much of their interior make-up from the natural world, with a material palette inspired by native Australian flora. For example, Calacatta Viola stone references the pink and beige flowers of the nearby gardens, while Cararra marble references the grey bark of the Paperbark trees. A selection of warm timbers were chosen to support these ‘hero’ materials and create a sense of being in nature while enjoying the perks of city living.
Externally, brickwork pays homage to not only Ashbury’s reserve of heritage-listed houses but also the history of the site itself. “The site actually used to be a brick quarry many years back, so we wanted to convey this through materiality, scale and form,” SJB senior associate Victoria reveals.