From a prefab house in Switzerland to a remodeled apartment in the Slovak Republic, these homes make use of an often ignored building material.
At the bottom of the stairs in this concrete home in Switzerland is a second living space that includes a fireplace. The couple couldn't find a television that didn't clutter the cool minimalism so they prefer to use a projector to watch movies. The sofa was designed by Barber-Osgerby for Cappellini, and the Djinn chair is by Olivier Morgue. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.
Given Lima’s dry climate, the architects were able to introduce clever indoor-outdoor gestures in this concrete home, such as an open stairwell, and semicovered walkways that allow the trees to provide cover. Photo by Cristobal Palma.
Gregory and Caryn Katz are dwarfed beneath the cantilevered concrete overhang, which houses the bedroom on the upper level. The stackable glass doors that run beneath allow the house to open completely to the yard and swimming pool, soften the severity of the concrete, and blur the boundary between indoors and out. Photo by Elsa Young