Ciarma Residence
Ciarma Residence by Danny Ciarma

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Structural Engineer:

Webber Design


Danny Ciarma


Danny and Michelle Ciarma


Nepean Houseworks


A&M Cheyne Construction


Roger du Buisson

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Ciarma Residence
Ciarma Residence - Austral Bowral Blue Bricks


As a young architect Danny Ciarma was an admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style, characterised by strong horizontal lines, broad eaves and a low-pitched roof. Now a property developer, he has retained his enthusiasm for the style, choosing it for his new Melbourne bayside family home.

Danny was determined not to render. “We wanted something that was classical and robust looking and we liked the look of face brickwork.”

Ciarma Residence
Ciarma Residence - Austral Bowral Blue Bricks

Wright used wide-aspect bricks – 300mm wide and 50mm high – to add to the horizontal feeling. Fortunately for Danny, Austral Bricks had just released the Bowral300™ series which are the same size as the bricks used by Wright. (Standard bricks are 230mm by 76mm.)

Danny prepared a series of basic 1:100 plans and sketched out details “as we went. I must admit what did take me back was the amount of detail involved. It cost a lot more than we expected but we weren’t prepared to compromise either.”


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