Seeking a way to blend architecture into the natural environment, a pair of Ecuador-based designers invents a new modular building system using stacked concrete forms.
Designed for her parents and generations to come, Amanda Yates's seaside New Zealand house is "somewhere between architecture and landscape." The concrete bench in the living area just past the kitchen is built into the sloping wall.
Casa Delpin in San Juan, Puerto Rico, features perforated concrete panels on its façade. (And don't miss the enormous concrete skylights on the interior, as well.)
Architect Julien de Smedt's Belgium loft explains his appreciation for the material: “My apartment in Brussels is the most architect-like, with its concrete feel,” he says of his rather brutalist interior. “It puzzles me why more people aren’t into concrete—it’s the most practical material. It’s warm, if you do it right. And you can clean it in about two seconds.”
Rather than cover them up with plain old sheetrock, architect Lukáš Kordík left the vaulted concrete ceilings in his 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava exposed.
In this Houston affordable townhouse development, naturally subtle tones predominate in the bathrooms, with Walker Zanger stone floors complemented by sanded concrete walls and dark mahogany cabinets topped by a slab of white marble. The exteriors also feature raw concrete, in combination with exposed reclaimed lumber.
Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might as aptly refer to the house itself. Rocks dug up during construction were saved and incorporated into the poured-concrete floors and walls.
In furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires home, raw materials are elevated to transcendent effect. A wood-and-steel open staircase wends its way up three stories, supported by a concrete structural wall embedded with PVC tubes and bare lightbulbs
As opposed to poured concrete, Lorcan O'Herlihy's home in Venice Beach, California sports rich, dark concrete panels and colorfully dispersed windows on its varied facade.