A contemporary design where the humble concrete block is the hero. Vertical spaces tied together by a sliver of white steel. A cool spot in a tropical clime. Casa Pacaembu by São Paulo based AMC – Arquitetura e Interiores.
Three young architects quit their jobs, form their own firm, buy a cheap block of land and spend a year building their design themselves and end up in the dog box. Sorry that should read end up with an award winning DOGBOX. Design put into hands on practice by New Zealand’s Patch WorK Architecture.
New against old. Blocks of concrete and narrow recessed glass. Outward and in and the relationship between the two. Open plan extension to a Victorian era house where the new contrasts against the old. Internal walls of concrete are warmed by wood. It’s a restrained palette of concrete, black aluminium, stainless steel and oak. Glebe House by Nobbs Radford Architects.
Brazilian architect/designer Guilherme Torres has a distinctive style that I love – industrial elements (hellooooo concrete – love the lighting strip), bold colour accents (often entire walls), large graphic artwork, and modern furnishings (see previous post here). Here are two apartments from his portfolio (both located in São Paolo, the first is 86 m² and the second is 49 m²). I seem to have an eclectic theme going on today, as it doesn’t get more eclectic than this! Happy Friday!
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.