Embodying the unexpected found within Australia’s coastlines, the Stratos Series is the latest material offering from Austral Bricks. Exclusively supplied by Brickworks, the variegated bricks see contrasting tones combine with a metallic finish.
Inherently versatile, the Stratos Series captures the flicker of light present in some of Australia’s most enthralling environments. From glistening mist to sparkling oceans, the visual subtleties of the coastline are represented in understated marbling and colour gradation. The experience of the collection transcends that of typical building materials, with the tonal depth and silvery finish of each brick encompassing elusive, ephemeral facets of nature. Crafted from clay and minerals, the raw materiality of the range contributes to its tempered character, allowing it to fit seamlessly into residential and commercial projects that celebrate a sense of nuance.
Mimicking the visual rhythms of an ever-changing coastline, the Stratos Series effortlessly connects to natural scenery. Six colourways emerge from the marbling technique applied to the collection, each reflecting its own seaside phenomenon. Morning Mist, Dark Cumulus, Light Cirrus and Cloudy Sunset are casual fusions of cool-toned greys and warm chestnut browns in a diagonal gradient. The contrast in colour introduces brick as a compelling decorative element that can cross the tonal boundary between vastly different schemes. In Winter Frost and Coastal Storm – the final, complementary colourways – Austral Bricks presents variation within a singular grey shade. With a fine interplay between light and dark elements, the two colourways express contemporary portrayals of a foamy ocean surface.
In application, the Stratos Series delivers a multi-dimensional aesthetic experience. Its metallic sheen allows the range to contribute to high-end designs whilst the irregular texture similarly appeals to honest materiality and soulful projects. The tonal quality of the bricks is compatible with a feature wall, ornamental accent or large-scale architectural feat, unaffected by the constant shifts in fashion trends. In both name and appearance, each colourway connects to a quintessential Australian setting, making its use in an Australian home intuitive. Expressing both a sense of identity and restraint, the products are innately buildable; capable of being incorporated into a layered scheme using the principles of harmony and juxtaposition.