Cantilevering concrete roof emerges from Portuguese hillside house by Aires Mateus

An underground concrete house in Monsaraz, Portugal, by Aires Mateus is dug into a hillside and concealed by a green roof that cantilevers outwards. Sheltered by this curving concrete roof, the terrace of House in Monsaraz overlooks the nearby Alqueva lake. When see from above or the west, only the patio and white-painted light wells […]

DEOC Arquitectos adds yellow paint to cinder blocks for emergency shelter in Guatemala

Breezeblocks form walls in this disaster relief shelter near Guatemala City by DEOC Arquitectos, which was proposed after the deadly eruption of Volcan de Fuego in 2018. Located just 44 kilometres from the capital city, Volcan de Fuego, which translates as Fire Volcano, is one of the country’s many active volcanoes. In June 2018, one […]

Adam Richards models his home on Roman architecture and Soviet science fiction

The brick-clad Nithurst Farm contains grand concrete rooms that are modelled on the Soviet science-fiction film, Stalker. British architect Adam Richards designed the house, which replaced an old farmworker’s cottage in the countryside near the town of Haslemere, England, as his own home. It is intended to evoke the ruin of a Roman villa and contains […]

Hilltop concrete house frames views of the sea and a shrine in Japan

Kazunori Fujimoto Architects & Associates used corner windows for a concrete house with views of the sea and Itsukushima Shrine in Japan’s Hiroshima prefecture. House in Ajina is built atop a steep slope, resulting in uninterrupted vistas to the Seto Inland Sea with an internal layout that accommodates the change in levels. Bedrooms are on […]

Concrete spiral staircase disrupts linear interiors of House in Ashiya

A spiral staircase breaks the linear geometry in a Japanese house designed by Kazunori Fujimoto Architects & Associates, which is made nearly entirely of concrete. The house is built for a couple and their four children and sits at the base of Mount Rokko, a popular tourist destination, in the Hyōgo prefecture. The studio designed […]

Raw concrete house in Bavaria cantilevers over outdoor terrace

SoHo Architektur has designed a concrete house in Bavaria, Germany, with an unfinished facade and a cantilevered upper storey. Called UF Haus – an abbreviation of unfinished – all the materials used for the project were left in their raw state. Split across three levels including a basement storey, the house and accompanying garage are […]

Gosize designs its own home studio in Japan around a minimalist pond

Japanese practice Gosize has combined an architects’ studio with a house in a concrete frame with large openings around a small courtyard with a simple pond in Hyōgo, Japan. Called F Residence, the home office sits between two existing houses on a suburban street. Different spaces are split over three levels according to their function. […]

J Mayer H carves house in Germany from a stack of concrete blocks

Architecture studio J Mayer H has stripped back a set of brutalist buildings to create a house in Germany that occupies a stack of concrete blocks with mirrored walls. Called Casa Morgana, the house sits in a lush garden designed by artist and landscape architect Tita Giese.  The project has been longlisted for a Dezeen Award. J […]

Treehouse is a sloping block of co-living apartments with a tree-filled atrium

Architecture studio Bo-Daa has designed Treehouse, a co-living complex in Seoul that is a stack of micro-apartments surrounding a planted atrium in a triangular concrete block. The project, which has been longlisted for a 2019 Dezeen Award, includes 76 small studios and lofts, which all have access to the shared common areas and internal garden […]

AZL Architects wraps wheelchair ramp around multi-generational house

AZL Architects has completed Song House, a concrete five-bedroom house adapted to the needs of its elderly and infirm occupants in the rural village of Nansong, China. The three-storey countryside residence was designed to provide comfort and accessible living conditions for a couple in their 50s. It is also home to three older family members, a […]

MORQ’s rammed-concrete Cloister House hides lush internal courtyard

Architecture studio MORQ has built an almost windowless house surrounding a plant-filled courtyard from rammed concrete in Perth, Australia. Italy and Australia-based architects MORQ designed Cloister House for a couple who wanted a home that would feel like a sheltered place of refuge. Cloister House sits on a plot next to a busy road on a […]

J_Spy uses concrete blocks to form Catskills House in the New York countryside

The husband-and-wife team behind American firm J_Spy have created a retreat for their family in Upstate New York that features a compact interior and basic materials like concrete masonry and standing-seam metal. Envisioned as a weekend gateway for the urban family, the Catskills House is located in Sullivan County, an area known for its rolling […]

Oliver du Puy Architects creates 4.2-metre-wide Skinny House in Melbourne

An exposed concrete frame supports this 4.2-metre-wide skinny house in Melbourne designed by Oliver du Puy Architects to feature meditation spaces. Aptly named Skinny House, the project carves out a quiet, contemplative space on the site of a neglected yard of a 19th-century shop. Oliver du Puy Architects, which is based in Melbourne, built it […]

Pedro Miguel Santos emulates classical temples with TS House in Portugal

Local architect Pedro Miguel Santos has completed a temple-inspired house in northern Portugal, featuring white brick walls and an exposed concrete frame. TS House was designed by Miguel Santos as a family home and is set on a large plot of land on the outskirts of the town of Penafiel. The house features a simple symmetrical […]

Kouichi Kimura creates fortress-like Tranquil House in Japan

FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects has designed a concrete house in Shiga, Japan, to be a self-contained space that promotes serenity and silence away from its loud environment. The three-bedroom house, which is located between a concrete factory and a highway, has been designed to with minimal views out to reduce noise level inside. The desire to oppose its […]

Mork-Ulnes designs Ridge House to endure wildfires in northern California’s wine country

Mork-Ulnes Architects has joined three concrete volumes to form this Sonoma County guesthouse overlooking forested hills recently devastated by fire. Designed for a family of five, the Ridge House is located on an 18-acre (7.2-hectare) property with a main residence. Mork-Ulnes Architects – which has offices in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway – was charged […]

Glass-sided rooftop pool tops concrete Maltese house by Architrend Architecture

The rooftop swimming pool at Casa B, a concrete house in Malta, is visible from both the street and from inside the living space below. Sicilian office Architrend Architecture designed the building to be inserted into a traditional terrace in the seaside town of St. Julian’s. The four-storey residence follows the same general arrangement of its more […]

Jacobs Yaniv Architects’ concrete Bare House opens out to a neighbouring field

Jacobs Yaniv Architects has completed a concrete house in Tel Aviv, which features a living room with industrial furnishings and a window wall that opens. Named Bare House, the single-storey dwelling was designed for a family of four that required a simple home that catered for time spent together, while forming a connection to an […]

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