Truth to materials is a major tenet of modern architecture. Concrete is one place we see this axiom in action. Historically concrete that was used in construction would be clad to make it appear as something other. Modern architecture uses concrete where appropriate and then exposes it. The Brutalist Movement was the height of concrete celebration.

A Concrete Hideaway in the Italian Countryside
An Italian architecture studio offers an updated take on the vacation cabin.
A Modern Concrete Home in Peru
Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape.
Modern Concrete Getaway in Paradise
You might think a Brutalist-style concrete structure would be out of place in a lush, beach-resort island like Vieques.
Open-Plan Concrete Home in Japan
In Tokyo, Japan, where the houses are crammed cheek by jowl, two old friends from architecture school have created a...
A Concrete Abode Becomes a Surfer's Paradise
Situated steps from the Costa Rican shore, this weekend retreat prioritizes playtime on the coast.
In London, an Old Victorian Becomes a Wonderland of Colored Concrete
Studio Ben Allen implements prefab elements to metamorphose a dated Victorian in just four days.
This Meticulously Crafted Concrete Home is a Minimalist’s Dream
Perched on Melbourne’s bayside beachfront, this family home by Rachcoff Vella Architecture celebrates a robust and raw material...
This Concrete Abode Stretches Over Giant Boulders
A Northern California retreat immerses into the landscape with the guidance of shadow and light.
Take a Trip to This Photographer-Designed Concrete Home in Thailand
Architecture and interior photographer Marc Gerritsen went back to basics when he designed this minimalist concrete house that...
A Concrete Micro-House in Japan Works All the Angles
Built with specially-formulated concrete made of volcanic ash, this micro-house in Tokyo maximizes space through vertical...
Two Ponds Bookend This Concrete-and-Wood Residence in Portugal
Braga–based firm Carvalho Araújo takes advantage of the ponds and stream that surround this dazzling, modern residence in...
35 Modern Homes That Make the Case for Concrete
Durable, versatile, and energy-efficient to boot, concrete is a smart building material with endless design potential.
This Chilean Concrete Home Levitates Off a Coastal Slope
Stretching along the Chilean coast, reinforced concrete beams come together to create a striking, sculptural home.
Top 5 Homes of the Week That Rock Their Concrete Features
The industrial material of choice is making its rounds in the residential realm.
23 Beautifully Textured Board-Formed Concrete Homes
These homes across the world take advantage of the expressive nature of board-formed concrete.
A Commanding Mexican Home of Stone and Concrete Is For Sale
South of Mexico City, MA House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales is a stone, concrete, and glass structure that captures mountain views.
A Concrete Tiny House in Tokyo Opens to the Sky—and the Street
In a city known for its density and small residences, this tiny home employs skylights and a large glass door to connect with its...
Pigmented Concrete Walls Tie This Home Into the Landscape
North of Rio de Janeiro, a holiday home blends into the terrain with reddish concrete walls pigmented to match the native soil.
Nine Black Concrete Volumes Form This Mexican Retreat
Arranged to preserve existing trees and form an interior courtyard, these concrete structures are balanced by warm, wood...
A Vaulted Concrete Addition Protects This Sea Captain's Home
In China, concrete reinforcements and box windows waterproof a captain's home and cement its connection to the water.