To most eyes, Ezequiel Farca’s 1970s-style concrete home in Mexico City looked like a teardown. Even the lot itself wasn’t particularly alluring. But Farca saw through all the restraints to create a spa-like refuge in one of the world’s most energetic cities. “We envisioned this house as a retreat, a kind of a temple,” says Farca. The striking master bath is lined from floor to walls in silvery gray marble.
After living for seven years in the rural Colonial-style house in which she grew up, Eve Metzger and her husband, Alloy 5 Architecture president Michael Metzger, decided to renovate, fusing their love of modern and rustic design. In order to achieve this balance, a handful of aspects from the original scheme were preserved, while the rest of the interiors and some exterior features were updated. Marble was used throughout the master bathroom in order to create a timeless feel that would age well.
Next to its showroom in Gaoming, China, British furniture company Timothy Oulton erected a village of circular buildings to inspire and house its design staff. The conglomeration centers on the Dome Home, which contains a number of electrifying work areas under its semispherical wooden roof. In the Round House’s bathroom, a custom black marble basin protrudes from the white marble-tiled walls.
The Dome Home is divided into separate areas where designers can gather or break off to explore ideas. Triple-glazed windows dot the dome’s shell, blurring the distinction between a window and a skylight as they rise. They illuminate a custom-made marble dining table that is encircled by Timothy Oulton Crossfire chairs upholstered in the brand’s Baa Baa sheep’s wool.
Perched above a lake on Australia’s verdant Mornington Peninsula, James and Imogen Tutton’s teak-clad house was designed by Karen Alcock of Melbourne-based MA Architects. Alcock designed a simple, robust, and slightly elevated building with a modest floor plan, the eastern end of which cantilevers over the lake. Inside, the open-plan living area looks and feels exceptionally spacious, due to the slightly higher than normal ceiling and the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. The kitchen countertop, backsplash and bathroom are outfitted in a rich, dark marble.
Bruzkus Batek Architects transformed this apartment in a classical building in Berlin into a streamlined space lined with rich materials. The 1,500-square-foot apartment is a Moscow-based couple's second home. Nero Marquina marble is used in multiple rooms. In the living room, a strip of stone defines a bench that wraps around the space.
In the same Berlin apartment, black marble is also used on the kitchen countertops. There are no visible door handles in the entire apartment—including the refrigerator.
In the bathroom of the Berlin apartment, Nero Marquina marble continues to define the space.