Twine house is topped by a twisting continuous concrete slab

Designer Antony Gibbon has visualised a conceptual house called Twine, which sits under a wave-like piece of concrete within a landscape of rolling hills. Gibbon conceived Twine as a twisting concrete structure, which reflects the hills surrounding as a “series of organic forms”. It takes its name directly from the word Twine, which means to twist strands of material together, […]

Greenery spills over chunky concrete beams in Lima’s Statera Restaurant

A rooftop garden and concrete beams filled with green vegetation are among the features of this restaurant in Lima designed by local firm MD 27 Architects. Statera Restaurant is located on La Mar Avenue in Peru’s capital city, an area that is praised for its gastronomy. Statera is a Latin word that translates to “equilibrium and […]

SOM uses robots to construct concrete Stereoform Slab for 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Two concrete columns hold up a curving concrete roof of this pavilion that architecture firm SOM has built using a method it says could reduce the carbon footprint of high-rise concrete buildings. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has erected the Stereoform Slab for this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial in the city’s West Loop. The concrete […]

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. […]

Concrete arches cocoon egg-shaped kiln in Chinese porcelain factory

AZL Architects has completed the BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China, building a series of concrete arches over a traditional brick kiln. AZL Architects designed the whole porcelain factory to echo the shapes of the monumental, egg-shaped kiln. Concrete arches curve over the body of the kiln, with windows and vertical joints orientated […]

Studio Gang clads Chicago high-rise in energy-saving concrete panels

Dezeen promotion: materials developer Rieder has clad the facades of Solstice on the Park, a residential tower in Chicago designed by Studio Gang, in modular concrete panels. The tower, clad by Rieder, is named Solstice on the Park due to the distinctive angular forms cut from its south, park-facing facade. The form of the building has […]

Visitor centre occupies thin concrete bridge over wetland park in China

A visitor centre designed by Trace Architecture Office for a park in Rongcheng, China, is a long and thin concrete bridge complete with a lighthouse-like viewing tower clad in wooden shingles. Called Bridge House, the centre is located to the north-east of Swan Lake Park, Shandong Province, where it faces out onto the wetland landscape […]

Pink marble core cuts through concrete interiors of Portuguese house

Architect Daniel Zamarbide and Leopold Banchini Architects have designed a concrete house in Lisbon with a central core of local pink marble. Called Casa do Monte, meaning Hill House, the project is located at the top of a steep and narrow stepped hill characteristic of the Portuguese capital. A restoration of an abandoned and fallen down […]

Petra bathroom collection is made from stain-resistant concrete

Designers Marco Merendi and Diego Vencato have collaborated with Italian firm Gypsum to develop a dirt-resistant concrete, which they used to create a collection of bathroom furniture suitable for outdoor use. Milan-based architect Merendi and Veronese industrial designer Vencato used the new material to create the Petra collection of bathroom furniture for Italian brand Agape. […]

SO&CO squeezes 2.7-metre-wide office block into alley in Tokyo

SO&CO has slotted a skinny office building into an alley between two buildings in Tokyo, Japan, which contains five tiny concrete workspaces. The office block, named the Multi-Tenant Building in Ginza, is located on a narrow L-shaped plot on a densely-packed backstreet in one of the city’s leading shopping districts. It has a stark concrete […]

House in New Zealand sits on a concrete plinth surrounded by trees

Herbst Architects has raised a house in Piha, New Zealand, on a concrete plinth and steel stilts to give views through the dense woodland to the beach. Called Kawakawa House, Auckland-based practice Herbst Architects designed the building to be open to its dramatic natural site, which includes a canopy of pōhutukawa trees. “Being overhung by […]

Arced concrete walls invite visitors into House in Konohana

FujiwaraMuro Architects has built a house in Osaka, Japan, which is separated from the street by two curved concrete walls. FujiwaraMuro Architects designed the three-bedroom family house in Osaka‘s Konohana ward, to allow for outdoor parking in front of the house. The studio created a pair of curved concrete walls that define two areas for cars to park while […]

Copenhagen’s Yaffa restaurant takes cues from bustling French cafes

Multi-disciplinary design studio Frama used mismatched wooden chairs and concrete surfaces to create a Middle Eastern version of the humble French bistro inside this Copenhagen restaurant. Set within Copenhagen’s historic Gråbrødretorv square, Yaffa has been transformed from a characterless concrete basement into a warm and inviting space decked out in tactile materials. The restaurant takes […]

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 […]

Kruchin Arquitetura adds concrete library to Capobianco House in São Paulo

Brazilian firm Kruchin Arquitetura has added a concrete and glass extension to a family dwelling it completed in São Paulo over three decades ago. Local studio Kruchin Arquitetura designed the extension for Capobianco House, a residence it completed in the Brazilian city in 1986 for a couple with a daughter. Measuring 224 square metres, the […]

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 […]

Vanke Design Community is cluster of workspaces topped by parks

A campus-like park of concrete offices topped with green roofs forms the new Vanke Design Community in Shenzhen, featuring two sunken plots completed by architecture practice FCHA. Located in a green corridor of the Dashahe Innovation Zone, the masterplan for the new design community was developed by Urbanus, who collaborated with several firms on structures […]

Indoor courtyards interrupt Restaurant y Sea in northeast China

Greenery-filled courtyards and waffle ceilings bring light to the interiors of this concrete restaurant, which Vector Architects has erected near the shore of Beidaihe, China. Restaurant y Sea has been designed by Vector Architects with a series of permeable dining spaces which are meant to turn the blocky concrete building into a pavilion-like open structure. […]

Brandon Clifford creates heavy concrete sculptures that sway and roll

American designer Brandon Clifford has drawn inspiration from megalithic architecture to create concrete sculptures that seem to defy gravity as they move. Clifford is a partner at Matter Design, a Boston studio known for a range of experimental projects that challenge convention. In a recent talk given at the TED conference in Vancouver, Clifford presented […]

SO-IL designs affordable housing for urban centre in growing Mexican city

New York firm SO-IL has envisioned a six-storey, concrete apartment building that is meant to offer an alternative solution for Mexico‘s low-cost housing shortage. The project, called Las Americas, was conceived for central León, a fast-growing city in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. Designed by the Brooklyn-based firm SO-IL, the project is meant to […]

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