Entries in concrete (51)
A tight budget may have dictated the use of simple, inexpensive building materials but architects Carter Williamson have taken the humble concrete block and created an elegant 2 storey house in Camperdown, Sydney that not only respects its Victorian era neighbours but provides a modern shell with character and sense of space and light that belies the hefty building block.
If there is a heaven on earth then it must be in New Zealand. On a ridge above Matiatia Bay a series of concrete pavilions farewell the setting sun. Rough and monolithic meets soft and luxurious. Manmade meets the beauty of nature. Shelter meets spectacle. If this truly is a slice of paradise then I could sit in the sunken lounge for eternity and drink in the view. Island Retreat by Fearon Hay Architects and Penny Hay.
I recently stumbled upon the portfolio of Russian architect Igor Sirotov and was immediately taken with his designs. I can't tell if these are computer generated or just exteme photoshopped but I don't really care. This home is all about drama and open spaces and lots of concrete (a bit cold) and the coolest lounge pit in the living room (I may have a slight obsession with lounge pits). Many friends would be required to thoroughly enjoy this home, because it demands some serious partying.
It's brutal yet at times soft. It's rough and luxe. It's concrete and steel, rubber and leather, rope, wool and velvet. It's industrial with a big city vibe yet zen like and eastern. It's in the Upper East Side of Manhattan or should I say was. It's from the mid 90s, designed by Pierce Allen. A slight tweak, new photos and we would never know. Good design stands the test of time.