Architects recently started to embrace the versatility and beauty of concrete materials for residential homes. Here are eight residential concrete creations worthy of a second look.
Innovative modern home designs showcase geometric shapes that require the malleable characteristics of concrete building materials. Architects have stepped beyond using concrete for foundations, pathways and decorative structures. The home designers of today recognize concrete as a material that can be used to create the entire residential structure from the foundation to the roof.
Complementary materials and building techniques set off concrete architecture’s simplistic appeal and balance the sheer utility of the build. Check out these eight stunning concrete homes—they may inspire your next residential project!
By carefully arranging three slipped box forms, Carl Turner Architects filled the Slip House with ample interior space without extending over the property lines or impeding the neighbors’ views. Load bearing exterior walls allow for endless customization of the open floor plan. Constructed in 2012, the building boasts low energy consumption due to the insulating properties of the concrete frame.
The 2013 Craig Steely Architecture creation, Lavaflow 7, has an open-faced floor plan that provides gorgeous views of the Pahoa, Hawaii landscape from every room in the house. The mirrored floor plan features a lap pool between the two halves of the house. The reinforced concrete slabs give the sharp geometric shapes a softness that balances the residence against its natural backdrop.
The Khopoli House by SPASM Design Architects, built in 2013, is an exercise in contrast between natural and processed materials. The builders mixed locally sourced basalt stones in the concrete aggregate for a renewed connection with the surrounding landscape. The concrete materials provide insulation against the dramatic temperature fluctuations of the Khopli, Maharashtra, India area.
The Millard House by Frank Lloyd Wright was first built in the heart of Pasadena, California in 1923, but only recently attracted attention during the renovation of the structure. The iconic home is almost entirely built out of concrete poured into custom decorative molds. The result is a home that stands out amongst the trees while maintaining an imperfect, naturally beautiful appearance.
Architect Tom Kundig created the bright and open Studio House in Seattle, Washington in 1998. Metal fixtures throughout and walls of windows keep the bare concrete walls, floors and soaking tub from feeling stark and unrefined. The inventive layout looks and feels grounded despite its open, airy floor plan, which provides a clear view of the waterway beyond the property line.
The West Wind, a 2002 creation by Toshiko Mori, features a dynamic mix of concrete products that complement and contrast with each other and the other materials used in the design. Patterned tiles, tinted blocks and bare walls, all made from concrete, allow the open floor plan to harmoniously connect with the nearby expansive landscape views.
Creating the cliffside home in Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, in 1993 allowed Kendrick Bangs Kellogg free license to explore the limits of concrete materials. The house features an amazing sloping roofline made from thin, rounded sheets of concrete. The sharp lines of the concrete structures play beautifully against the surrounding rounded rocks. Copper and glass materials abound inside the home to further balance the structure’s relaxing atmosphere.
In 2011, Makiko Tsukada decided to push concrete to new limits by gently curving the material to create a tunnel. The circular structure cuts through the base of the home to create a visual crossroads with the adjacent street. The use of rounded concrete shapes continues inside to give residents the feeling of being outdoors while walking through the building’s interior.
If you would like to learn more about the wide variety of options for concrete architecture, contact Razorback Concrete today at 870-455-0700 to schedule a consultation appointment or receive a free estimate.
- Slip House by Carl Turner Architects, courtesy of YouTube.
- Lavaflow 7 by Craig Steely Architecture, courtesy of craigsteely.com.
- Khopoli House by SPASM Design Architects.
- Millard House by Frank Lloyd Wright, courtesy of millardhouse.com.
- Studio House by Tom Kundig, courtesy of priceypads.com.
- West Wind House by Toshiko Mori, courtesy of priceypads.com.
- Joshua Tree House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, courtesy of organicmodernestate.com.
- Tunnel House by Makiko Tsukada, courtesy of www.japlusu.com.