Petersen K55 bricks create a beautiful inside/outside connection in Hawthorn


It seems that the people of Hawthorn just love Petersen bricks. Understandably so. They continue to add that unique, soft earthy feel with their magnificent handcrafted texture, which simply can’t be achieved with manufactured bricks. And what you get is a stunning, artistic effect wherever they are laid.

Neil Architecture’s most recent renovation of a federation duplex in Hawthorn is no exception. On this small and compact site, David designed an extension to the back of the home, including an upstairs master bedroom and open living space at the rear. As it’s now the third project on which David Neil has used Petersen’s K55 bricks, to say that he loves them is quite the understatement.

True to David’s architectural style, the design and natural material palette creates a beautiful visual connection between the inside and outside of the home.


The external brick wall of K55 bricks, complete with built in fireplace and barbecue, flows seamlessly inside to create warmth and texture in the open kitchen and living space. “What’s particularly lovely in the interior design is the pendant light hanging in mid air above the dining table, which contrasts perfectly with the textured wall of Petersen bricks,” says David. Natural materials continue with the beautiful soft grey of the Seville limestone floor, which also flows inside and out, toning in perfectly with the K55 bricks. Completing the trio in this elegant palette is the textured White American Oak ceiling, creating another cohesive connection.

“It’s that typical seamless effect – the materials coming inside, so it’s all connected visually, which makes it feel open and one. It’s just lovely,” remarks David.


What David has cleverly created is a rich and elegant environment – the warmth of the Petersen K55 bricks paring well with the dark tones of the Seville stone floor, complemented by the White American Oak. David comments, “The texture of the timber ceiling and the brick and the stone floor gives it a really lovely warm feel, which we love. It’s a really nice space.”

And, most importantly, the client is just in heaven. “He fell in love with the idea of having a brick wall that continued from inside to out, and he just loved the Petersen K55 bricks and they toned so well with the floor.”

Neil Architecture’s designs are always stunning, and the team at Robertson’s Building Products can’t wait to see the next project on which Petersen bricks make their mark. So stay tuned.


Architect: Neil Architecture

Product: Petersen K55 bricks

Builder: Parker White Constructions

Photographer: Hilary Bradford


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