By eliminating walls and incorporating a series of interior gardens, architect José Roberto Paredes creates an eclectic and inspired El Salvador beach house. In the kitchen, rough-hewn materials like a eucalyptus-log-and-thatch roof offset the monolithic concrete island and glossy subway tile backsplash. Claudia & Harry Washington built the vivid wooden sliding walls, which are inspired by the palm leaves that change color and create diagonal patterns in trees near the house. The bar stools were a street market discovery.
Fraher Architects expanded a flat in northwest London to include a kitchen. A sturdy concrete countertop curves around the entire length of the kitchen, finished in a texture Webster describes as “bug splattered.” Despite the unappetizing name, it works well for rolling out dough. Its circular motif reappears in the custom cabinets’ finger pulls, which also help ventilate the cupboards. The fixtures are from Kubus and the appliances are from Miele.
Designed for her parents and generations to come, Amanda Yates's seaside New Zealand house is "somewhere between architecture and landscape" but firmly rooted in family life. A pop of color in the kitchen cabinets, adjacent concrete countertops, refers to the native greenery outside.
Architect Gregory Katz proves that three times is a charm with his trio of concrete homes which challenge the status quo in this quiet Johannesburg suburb. The client was thrilled to discover that all her personal details and appliances look spectacular when offset against the solemnity of concrete.
This summer house, renovated by Jonas Labbé and Johannes Schotanus ofLASC for a family in Skåne, Sweden, might be the perfect example of how strong design, thoughtfully placed bursts of strong color, and honest natural treatment can elevate even the simplest forms and materials. The kitchen area is characterized by a concrete countertop that was poured on site. The handmade triangular tiles above the stove were specially made by an artist from the Netherlands. Photo by Laura Stamer.