Entries in concrete (143)


Chocolate brick is cool again

I knew the day would come when chocolate brown brick was cool again, when hipsters would embrace the bain of the 70s and 80s, re-inventing and re-invigorating the humble little brick. Those of us who lived through its last incarnation gladly waved goodbye to the light-sucking, prison-like boxes that were often made from it ... but not now. It's back and it's bold and bright. It's all in how you use the little blighter. Welcome back chocolate brown brick! Dolce Lane house by Klopper & Davis Architects.

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Balmain Semi

An early 1900s two bedroom single-storey semi-detached house has been reimagined with alterations and an extension by Sydney-based CO-AP Architects. Maximising daylight and green space were the priority and a materials palette of off-form concrete and Australian timbers was used. The sense of space and light is evident but it's the stairwell that's the hero of the renovation ... oh and the bedroom with its retractable wall of windows and elevated planter is hot too.

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Stalking on a Saturday

With its back wall dating from 1850 and a heritage-listed frangipani tree we barely glimpse, this brand new industrial-inspired residence is rooted in the past (sorry for the pun) but definitely future focused. Recycled materials, cutting edge living. Stark, confronting and fabulous. I'm crushing on the staircase and the play of brick against steel reminiscent of a historic half-timbered house. I'm stalking in Redfern, Sydney and you'll find the link here while it lasts.

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Working on a Saturday

Is it really working if your job is at an award winning winery? I would love to be an employee at the Beresford Cellar Door in Australia's McLaren Vale. Actually I lie. I would love to be a visitor at the Beresford Cellar Door. Can I try the 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon? Design by Enoki.


Industrial luxury 

Two floors of sophisticated, urban living with a limited colour palette dictated by the industrial materials used throughout. Concrete, steel and glass warmed by rich, dark wood and leather. Unexpected touches of gold, mirror and antique pieces give a luxurious, almost deco feel to this industrial inner city home. South Yarra Apartment by Melbourne-based design studio Workroom.

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