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A Mediterranean-inspired party haven and sculptural masterpiece

A Mediterranean-inspired party haven and sculptural masterpiece
‘Casa Espri’ by Graya is a unique corner site located in the picturesque town of Hamilton, Queensland. The vision was to create a statement home in the area, and a party haven for entertaining crowds.

Graya delivered a striking, sculptural masterpiece that boasts light and airy spaces, accentuated by seamlessly integrated curved features that flow harmoniously from the exterior to the interior spaces, unifying the entire aesthetic of the home. 

Yan Tang, an architect at Graya, worked on this design and was very proud of the result. “Espri means someone who lives a life full of vigour and spirit and that’s essentially who the client is,” Yan explains. “He loves living life to the fullest and this house is a reflection of him as a whole.” 

The architecture for this household is one-of-a-kind, instantly capturing your attention from the moment you approach the house, with its large sweeping curves perched on the foundation of the home. The visual experience and street presence of these crafted curves is second to none and cements itself as a uniquely designed landmark. 

Immediately upon entry is the central courtyard featuring the relaxing pool and spa. The void above ingeniously captures the northern sunlight, illuminating the living space that opens out onto the front courtyard. 

Inspired by the client's love for European travel, this home exudes a Mediterranean design style, particularly with the colour palette. The natural colours, tones, and textures, create a relaxing yet sophisticated vibe throughout the home. polytec Soft Walnut Ravine has been used in the kitchen, bathrooms, office space, master bedroom, wardrobe, and more. 

The sweeping curves have been replicated through the handles, bed head and other features such as the curved joinery and custom travertine island benches, mirroring the façade throughout the entire home.  The polytec Soft Walnut Ravine brings warmth to the space, whilst also providing a beautiful finish both aesthetically and by touch.  

“The handle is what connects people physically by touch to any space with joinery,” says Yan. “It’s something that’s hardy, durable, has texture, and perfect for what we were trying to achieve.”

At the heart of ‘Casa Espri’ stands a sculptural staircase, almost like an art piece, that wraps around leading to the other spaces of the home. 

As the sun sets, guests can make their way to the rooftop tequila bar. Continuing with the colour palette and curved features, the polytec Soft Walnut Ravine adds warmth, comfort, and durability to the space. Outside you will find a teppanyaki bench that doubles as a booth for live acts or DJs. All of this, while enjoying the spectacular views under the stars. The beige tones and clean whites pay homage to the European influence. 

In crafting ‘Casa Espri’, Graya not only created a distinctive residence but fashioned a testament to the vivacity and spirit of its homeowner. The polytec Soft Walnut Ravine seamlessly extending from the kitchen to the rooftop, not only bringing warmth but also serves as a tactile connection throughout the entire home. 

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