Wall decoration: faux-stone cladding
Walls are decorated by polygonal stonework that is somewhat akin to the one that the ancient Incas used in their constructions. Fortunately, we didn’t have to follow their example and put huge stoneblocks on the top of each other. We decided to resort to a far less time-consuming technology. A metal framework, that rests on a wall, is covered with VII MIRACULA architectural concrete. Then, the sculptors carve our the stones with all cracks and chips, that a thousand-year slab may have. Et voilà! An absolute impression of a real ancient stone masonry is ready.
Walls are also coloured manually. To attain a complete imitation of a natural stone, our artists apply paint in thin layers on a pre-primed wall. Paints as well as achitectural concrete of our own making are not affected by water and easily tolerate humidity.
Since the general concept follows steampunk style, we added some elements of industrial: imitation of metal river points on window and door liner jambs. Some parts of utilities system and radiators weren’t hidden deliberately. Quite on the contrary! We asked our artists to highlight them through the usage of paints. Thus, these elements become integral to a quarry-faced masonry.
Industrial luminaires were installed on the walls, wiring was carried out in good time during the installation of the metal framework,all wires were hidden inside the walls, so that they wouldn’t destroy the magic. Shimmer directed light is an intrinsic part of steampunk style. It highlights all the details, such as irregularities in masonry and metal accents that fill this room.
It’s hard to believe, but this bas-relief is entirely made from architectural concrete. All elements were cut manually and according to the preliminary-made template.
The relief of the future construction was covered with white priming and then our artists added fundamental colours in thin layers, thus creating the effect of stone surface and aged metal. Compared to the real metal, imitation made from fair-faced concrete is resistant to corrosion and remains untouched by time.
It’s impossible to imagine steampunk without mechanical elements, such as gear-wheels. Above the entrance area our artists created the bas-relief made from architectural concrete, depicting an old metal mechanism. We called this bas-relief «time machine». The bas-relief can be examined in details from the balcony of the first floor. Our team managed to attain the desired goal: to create a realistic metal surface that aged with time by means of multi-layer technique of manual painting and accurate usage of shadowing technique.
What we created was not just a mere wall decoration in the swimming pool, but a vibrant location, that opens up a poral into another time dimension. This project has a clear-cut concept, that is emphasized by details of decking and distinctive local colour that adds harmony to the interior design.