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Products: Fishing Lodge

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A selection of the products used in Simon Gill Architects’ Bulgarian Fishing Lodge

Architect’s choices

Materials were chosen for their availability and cost effectiveness. The choice of timber was straightforward. It comes from a lumber town 10km from the site, which sells timber felled in the local forest. Pine was selected for the floor as it is denser than the spruce used for the cladding; the latter was charred
to close up the grain and give a pronounced texture and a rich, dark colour. Many materials came from nearby DIY warehouse stores for cost effectiveness and convenience. Yachting cables were used for the pergola for climbing plants, the timber-handled light pulls and to suspend pendant lights.

  • Simon Gill, director, Simon Gill Architects

External timber cladding

Local spruce, charred with blowtorch, prior to application of Milesi semi-translucent stain and seal.

The colours allow the cladding to blend into the forest backdrop.


Timber-framed windows, doors and internal paneling

Local spruce with Milesi stain and seal.

The colour of the windows and doors provides contrast to the darker cladding; internally, the light brown gives
visual warmth.

Timber floor

Local pine, with Milesi stain and seal.

The colour provides visual warmth and practicality.

Timber cupboards

Local pine, with Milesi stain and seal.

The deep claret complements the light brown of the other internal timber finishes.

Bathroom wall tiles

TED Keramika Alaplana Ceramica Elegance Azul

All bathrooms are underground and top-lit by dormer windows. The bluish-green colour bounces light around, giving a subaqueous ambience.

Bathroom floor tiles

TED Keramika Summit colour B/O3 C1

The shiny greenish-grey reflects light brightly onto the white walls.

Master Shower mosaic

TED Keramika Glass mosaic MCWE Silver Rete

As the master shower is curved it required mosaic on the wall. The silver complements the greenish grey on the floors.

Flat roof

Slaifana terrazzo - black white and cream stones

Terrazzo is the standard solution for flat roofs in Bulgaria. The stones’ colour can be varied to give differing overall hues; these give a colour that
complements the dark and light timber. The surface is polished to aid water run-off.

External ground surfaces and vertical plinths

Mita terrazzo - black white and cream stones

Similar to the flat roof but rough to give grip.

Vanity tops and splashback

Back-painted glass

A simple, cost-effective and easy-to-clean solution.

Door handle

Lira by Technecon


Kitchen worktop

Italian black granite from local mason

The robust, fairly inexpensive worktop, complements the magenta-stained kitchen cupboards.


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