While it can be worked and shaped in the same way as marble and granite, the non-porous nature of Quantum Quartz means that it doesn't require sealing and is highly resistant to stains, heat, chemicals, chips and scratches, says Irwin.
"The durability and strength of this product, together with its low maintenance requirements made it well suited to this project," she says.
Another project to feature Quantum Quartz finishes is the 52-apartment, medium-rise residential tower, City Beach Pavilion at Wollongong.
Designed by Wolff Architecture International, each apartment is fitted out to high standards. Senior interior designer, Danielle Bonello, says they feature subtle shades and textures to complement the beachside environment.
"To enhance the kitchens' warm, sand-dune colour scheme, we chose Quantum Quartz Pebble Cove benchtops with a 40mm square edge," she says. "It contrasts well with the cool colourback glass and sleek satin polyurethane cabinetry."
Bonello says Quantum Quartz's resistance to stains and scratches was another important factor in its selection.