Willis Street, Richmond


Steve Fennell


Willis Street, Richmond



Being the head honcho at GRC Environments, Steve Fennell knew that glass reinforced concrete was the simplest and most affordable way to turn his home into the best looking building on the block.

He assembled his top-notch team and used the durable cement alternative as a sculptural solution, demonstrating just how versatile GRC can be.

How we answered the brief

Steve wanted his home to not only turn heads, but to be a marker of what glass reinforced cement is capable of. In a Melbourne first, we riveted twenty 2.4 x 1.2 sheets of GRC together to cover the entire front, side and soffit of his house. The result is nothing short of unique; a façade that is also the centerpiece of this eye-catching building.

How and why GRC was used

Glass reinforced concrete was the only material versatile and strong enough to both create an artistic effect and hold up against the elements. To make the building look like crumpled paper, GRC Environments crafted GRFC panels for the façade and soffit of this residential home. It took a group of burly men stamping, rolling and denting the aluminium with timbers and hammers to get the desired effect. Fiberglass moulds were then taken from the aluminium and used to make the lightweight GRC panels. All of the panels had to join together perfectly to create a consistent, crumpled look.

Meet the team involved

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    Steve Fennell

    Managing Director

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    Gino Giacobbe


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    Sam Dawes

    Boiler Maker

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    Luke Giacobbe

    Robot Guru

Our principals have worked in the building industry since 1995 and are leaders in GRC/GFRC use in Australia. Meet the crew

Our project partners

Thanks to our partners, Craig Rossetti Architects for their help in this project.