This beautiful exposed concrete house designed by Isay Weinfeld located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“The client wanted a house where he could enjoy the company of his kids and many friends intensely. For that purpose, he asked for ample and various entertaining areas, such as a cinema room, a recreation room for the children and a sauna. And being a sports enthusiast, he wanted the house to feature a large gym room and a long swimming lane as well.
From the main entrance, one approaches the house – set at the back of the land – by foot, up and through a wooded area, and across a wide garden. The house comes then fully to sight: 4 joined but distinct blocks, respectively covered with pebble-blasted concrete plaques (living quarters), exposed concrete (office), wood planks (entertaining area) and sand-blasted concrete plaques (dining and service areas).
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 7 March, 2014
Inspired by the essence of a home that becomes more beautiful with age, Concrete House by FGR Architects is the result of a two material palette, concrete and glass chosen for their qualities of beatification with time, sustainability, simplicity of build and integration into the building’s existing environment.
Located in the resurgent suburb of Maribyrnong, close to inner Melbourne the house has a composed elegance that challenges many conventions in Australian domestic architecture. The three storey dwelling embraces the opportunity of its site, turning itself ’upside down’ with the bedrooms and service spaces on the lower floors rising to spacious and bright open living area under the retractable glass roof with panoramic views and a glass fronted rooftop pool.
Director of FGR Architects, Feras Raffoul explains his passion and respect for concrete as the ideal building material for its many qualities of thermal, sustainability, aesthetic and ability to collect patina and therefore beautify with age. “The ability of this house to be constructed primarily from these two materials helps to create an everlasting structure and once the concrete walls and floor are up, the external and internal glass mounted, only the joinery remains to complete the building. The simplicity of this is exquisite.
“Concrete has always appealed to me as a valuable architectural tool for its numerous merits and inexhaustible and continual innovations in its applications. It has the ability to make a simple space, form or structure come to life, I believe that to create special spaces and volumes it is what you leave out rather than what you include,” Raffoul said. “In Concrete House movement of light is important in that it activates and warms the firmness of the concrete walls and allows for the architecture to come alive. We enjoy placing delicate and precise finishes to work along side the brutal concrete and find this has a yin and yang effect.”
Climbing past the cool bedrooms positioned on the middle floor, the soaring glass staircase delivers residents to the panoramic views of the top floor covered only by a glass roof assembled from a simple steel frame and cleverly considered for comfort with automated blinds responding to changing light conditions. This open space of kitchen, dining and living contrasts in materiality and spatial dynamic as the concrete walls drop away and are replaced by glass and acrylic that also forms one side of the lap pool presenting the body of water as direct counterpoint and viewing point while spectacular city skyline panorama is enjoyed from the adjoining terrace.
Raffoul has applied his knowledge of commercial building systems and construction into the conception of this house and pushes the ability of the insulated concrete to provide a thermally consistent space of great clarity. This dwelling demonstrates the impact that an architect’s strong affection for brutal materials combined with precise and delicate details transformed into and elegant space through persistence and a labour of love.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 6 March, 2014
“The goal of this project was to turn a house with little or no connection to the outside into an open and functional home. Originally designed by an engineer who designed office buildings, the house had an introverted presence and grand scale. The owners wanted something contemporary and functional and most importantly, usable.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 4 March, 2014
This five-bedroom family home, custom designed in collaboration with Inform clients, is located in the Bayside suburb of Brighton.
The central circulation spine, full height glazing, double height internal voids and deep rear loggia are features of the Quad concept. The floor plan maximises the width of the house, thereby maximising the depth of the north facing rear garden and pool enclosure.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 3 March, 2014
Luxurious 15,069 sq ft private residence designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects situated in Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The client’s fondness of mid 20th century modernism inspired the overall design of this open plan glass and concrete house, which also features a music room for the family to play musical instruments, and a dance studio for the children. Due to the slope of the stand; a large basement was designed on the lower side of the property, creating a terraced effect on the stand.
A large reflective koi pond flows over a retaining wall next to the drive way, with an illuminated glass staircase behind a two storey curtain wall in the background.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 27 February, 2014
The house was designed as a sanctuary from the surrounding urban environment, as well as a series of memorable architectural spaces with the people that live in them at their conceptual core.
Casa 2G creates sensory experiences and moments that enrich its inhabitant’s daily lives, thanks in part to its sparse materiality and handmade features, which pay tribute to the artisan work of local craftsmen. The nature of this space contrasts with false ideas of human progress in a world dominated by appearances and trends.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 24 February, 2014
The clients came to Australian architecture firm Vibe Design Group‘s office with the intention of moving into property development. Common ground was that they were focused on presenting projects with high design content supporting a different visual approach.
In the early design phase the architcts were looking to create an open, more interactive street presence which led to a very different design response.
The actual front façade was inspired by the study of 60s and early 70s stereo cabinets with the slatted timber reflecting the slotted speaker elements, in this case they accommodate the covered entry and private en suite window. The house sits lightly balanced on angled steel posts again reminiscent of the stereo cabinet legs, which affords the house the appearance of floating out across the land.
The project sits well in its treed environs, Silvertop Ash was chosen as the cladding because its eventual grey colour will blend completely and afford a sense of belonging in the treed backdrop.
Silvertop Ash timber has a unique ability to assimilate into the surrounds, offering a very different visual affect. To the North the timber is still evident but only on the third storey – as from this vantage point we wanted the upper level to appear as a tree house. ExoTec Façade Panel System was the other main material used because it offers a refreshing contrast to the timber.
The cut out element of the living area window directs the line of sight down to the pool, BBQ area and backyard space – protecting privacy.
The interior begins with a flat veneer wall on approach. It’s intention is to create the feeling of being at the base of a huge tree.
Practically, it houses the cloak, powder room, cellar and on into the integrated kitchen. It’s all achieved with hidden doors that, when opened, offer an unexpected surprise. This house is open yet private and the timber feature wall of the interior invites a journey of discovery. The cantilevered box on the street facade internally houses the day bed and library which interacts with the study space. The study has a glass splash back wall chosen for it’s ability to reflect the outer landscape.
A dumbwaiter is included which travels up from the garage into the scullery that resides behind one of the four integrated doors in the kitchen area. The classic Calcutta Marble has been used in the bathrooms, while the kitchen has Caesar stone bench tops and a preparation cube at the end of the main island bench.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 20 February, 2014