Celebrating a Legacy – Scalpellino House by Biasol
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Originally from Italy, Frank Bartucca grew up in Rome and commenced working with stone, honing his understanding and appreciation of the craft from a young age. As one of the earliest professions, stonemasonry has a long lineage in architectural and art history and now plays an important part in understanding those histories through the sculpted remains. Connecting to the client’ own history, and the resulting Bartucca Tiling and Construction company that has evolved over the years, stone is the hero material in this home and its liberal use acts as a showcase of both the material and the craft of stonemasonry.
Connecting to the client’ own history, and the resulting Bartucca Tiling and Construction company that has evolved over the years, stone is the hero material in this home and its liberal use acts as a showcase of both the material and the craft of stonemasonry.
In each room, stone becomes the centrepiece around which all the daily happenings of life occur. Encouraging and inviting engagement with the tactile and cooling elements of the material that anchor each of the spaces and expressing the colour, contrast and veining, each application has its own personality and has been selected based on the function of each space and the deeply emotive mood intended. Complementing the architecture by Architecton, interior design studio Biasol has captured the essence of the Bartucca family’s history and reinterpreted it through a deliberate articulation in space.
As a contemporary family home that also speaks to its inhabitants’ history, Scalpellino House combines a sense of the modern with key traditional elements. Streamlined and muted, the restraint in palette matches the carefully curated insertions of statement joinery and furniture, all aligned with the principle of timelessness. The quality of permanence that stone brings acts as an unshakable anchoring element in the spaces, and the custom joinery and dark timber finish further reinforces this same sense of robust durability. Throughout, integrated storage and concealed elements allow these hero statement pieces to stand proud and provide relief. Of all the areas within the home, it is in the bathrooms that stone is featured most prominently. Engulfing the bathroom and powder rooms, an immersive experience of the material is offered with the large and impressive slabs of stone interrupted only by accents of refined metal.
With sculpted elements dotted throughout, each carefully carved and crafted piece of stone connects back to the clients’ heritage and acts as a reminder of that lineage. Biasol balances restraint with bold gestures to create a true homage to the Bartucca family’s deep connection to stone.