Studio Rick Joy designs concrete apartment complex in Mexico City’s Polanco neighbourhood

Long windows are embedded into the board-marked concrete walls of this residential building in Mexico City’s upscale Polanco area, designed by American architecture firm Studio Rick Joy. The Tuscon firm designed the five-storey structure, also called Polanco, in collaboration with local studio FRB Arquitectos Asociados. Made from reinforced cast-in-place concrete, it comprises a pair of […]

“Demolition is sometimes the best option” says Bartlett professor at Net Zero Carbon talk

Construction experts discuss the ways that the building industry can move towards having zero carbon emissions in this panel discussion filmed by Dezeen for Kingspan at the Building Centre in London. Called Accelerating the Pathway to Net Zero Carbon Buildings, the event was hosted by architectural facade specialist Kingspan and independent research forum New London […]

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 […]

Angular roof tops concrete garden annex for São Paulo home

Brazilian firm Reinach Mendonça Architects Associados has added a geometric concrete pavilion to a family home in São Paulo, offering a place for reading and entertaining. PK Residence Annex is built on the property of a residence in the Brazilian city, which is complete with a separate concrete volume attached to a garage for barbequing. […]

Plastic bubbles incorporated into high-rise to reduce concrete usage by 35 per cent

A German construction project has saved an estimated 136 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere by using incorporating air pockets made of recycled plastic within its concrete slabs. The two SparkassenVersicherung (SV) buildings in Mannheim’s Glückstein district are being built with concrete slabs developed by Cobiax, which include voids so that less concrete is […]

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 […]

Colourful public spaces are part of Pazdigrad Primary School in Croatia

Pazdigrad Primary School in Split, Croatia has been designed by architects X3M to include public squares, one of which is painted bright yellow The school is located on a sloping site, so X3M built it as a series of stacked concrete platforms. Pazdigrad Primary School is on periphery of the city and surrounded by housing […]

London cafe in spiral concrete shell has retractable windows

A spiral cafe with a rooftop garden in Chelsea, London, by architecture studio NEX has curved windows that can retract fully when the weather is good. The windows of the the Cadogan Cafe can retreat into the ground, allowing the dining area to to spill out into the surrounding square. Wrapped in a slender arcade […]

Flying Panels exhibition charts the evolution of prefabricated concrete-panel construction

ArkDes has mounted an exhibition celebrating the role of concrete panels in contemporary architecture, with an exhibition design by Note Design Studio that evokes the dynamism of a construction site. The exhibition titled Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, looks at the history of prefabricated concrete architecture and the impact it has had […]

Kooo Architects inserts plywood-lined hotel rooms into an existing concrete frame

Plywood panels and fabric curtains have been used by by Kooo Architects to transform an existing concrete structure into a guesthouse in Guangzhou, China. The exterior has been clad with clad with grey and black bricks, which were reclaimed from the building that originally stood on the site. High parapets incorporate screens of perforated brickwork, […]

Join Dezeen’s Twitter debate on concrete vs timber with #dezeenchat

Should architects ditch concrete for timber to save the planet? Dezeen’s India Block and Lizzie Crook will be taking to Twitter on Wednesday 20 November at 4pm UK time to discuss whether timber is a better alternative to concrete. Join in using the hashtag #dezeenchat. How it works Log into Twitter at 4pm on Wednesday 20 […]

Yan’an University Campus evokes the city’s ancient stone cave dwellings

Stacks of rough stone and concrete form the campus of Yan’an University in China, designed by the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University to recall the city’s famous cave dwellings. This first stage of the campus includes two museums and a library, housed in ziggurat-style buildings sitting atop arcaded bases. Yan’an University, in […]

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 […]

Pink concrete staircase connects colourful floors of Belgian school

A pink concrete staircase, gabled roofs and brightly coloured walls define a school with in Zarren, Belgium, designed by architecture studio Felt. The studio won the competition to design the school, which sits alongside a 1920s nursery close to Zarren’s town centre, in 2014. Classrooms sit in the western wing, directed towards the playground, which […]

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 […]

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 […]

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