Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool
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Blue Quartzite Beauty – A Pool House

A Beautiful Sight, the Blue Quartzite.

We love our selection of blue Quartzite stone slabs at Victoria Stone Gallery. Check out this pool house we came across. Designed by a New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas, for a mid-19th-century English country manor.

Cárdenas’ approach to architecture and design “sees it apply form and materials to create spaces with distinctive atmospheres”. Blue Quartzite marble, the perfect distinctive material to use.

Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool

“Given that the pool house was going to be its own building, the main thing was to make it feel like a destination.” said de Cárdenas. “Something quite distinct from the main house, that would draw on and complement its surroundings.”

Other natural stone included in this state of the art pool house is on the walls and the floor around the pool. Botticino marble tiles makes up the floor, treated with an anti-slip rullato finish on the floors.

Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool

The book-matched Azul Macauba quartzite, creating the intense blue colour of the pool really caught our eye!

Quartzite is an increasingly popular choice amongst homeowners, designers and architects. Not to be confused with  Quartz – the man-made material created by mixing crushed stone with colour and resin to form an engineered slab. Quartzite is formed by naturally occurring metamorphic rock. It starts out as sandstone and evolves over time under intense heat and pressure. Look out for exotic patterns of pinks, greens, reds, brown and blue quartzite that mainly come from Brazil.

Check out our evergrowing Quartzite collection. We have plenty more arriving in the new year! Our favourite blue quartzite is our Blue Roma. We currently have it available in a polished or leathered finish. Read about some other alternatives to marble.

Watch this video of Azul Macauba being quarried in Brazil.

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Marble Quarrying – The Inner Mechanics & Workings of in the Italian Alps

We found this amazing short video by Yuri Ancarani of an artistic look inside marble quarrying in the Italian Alps. Seeing the marble in its raw, natural state is phenomenally striking against the mechanics and workings of the quarry. It reminds us of the sheer hard working processes it takes to shift these amazing natural stone slabs worldwide.

Watching this makes us feel lucky that we can offer these pieces of nature in Australia. To be able to admire their beauty in our warehouse from halfway around the world.

“Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theatres or sets,” says Yuri Ancarani. Ancarani is the filmmaker behind today’s excerpt from the documentary, Il Capo (The Chief). Il Capo follows a quarry boss as he guides his men through the extraction process, using a silent language of gesture and sign.

Ancarani was captivated by the otherworldly landscapes of the quarry. He spent nearly a year filming on Monte Bettolgi, in the Carrara region of the Apuan Alps, in Northwest Italy. Leading Ancarani to focus filming the hypnotic, and rather dramatic moment when the monumental marble blocks are freed from the mountainside. Thus, falling to the ground with an earth-shattering thud.

Video of Marble Quarrying

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