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 Home in Rural Belgium
Smitten from the start with a 1970s concrete villa in rural Belgium, a resident and her designer embark on a sensitive renovation...
Concrete Solutions to Design Challenges
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A Concrete Double Villa in Switzerland
A glass-and-concrete mountainside lair is fit for a Bond villain with a penchant for stunning Alpine views.
Concrete Rug by Alex Chinneck
London based artist Alex Chinneck plays with opposing objects in the Concrete Rug for the Sculpture House.
LiTraCon: Light-Transmitting Concrete
While researching innovative ways in which to use concrete, Hungarian architect Aron Losonczi’s light-transmitting concrete...
Built Like a Concrete House
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Smog-Cutting Concrete
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A Concrete Abode Becomes a Surfer's Paradise
Situated steps from the Costa Rican shore, this weekend retreat prioritizes playtime on the coast.
A Modern Concrete Home in Peru
Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape.
25 Modern Homes That Kill it With Concrete
Extremely durable, versatile, and sustainable to boot, concrete is a smart building material, as these homes show.
Material Spotlight: 10 Killer Concrete Homes
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5 Strong Prefab Concrete Home Companies
When researching the benefits of building with a prefab concrete system, one of the outstanding elements that comes up...
Material Guide: The Benefits of Building With Concrete
After an unprecedented year of earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires, a bright light has been shed on the benefits of building with...
Super Minimal Steel and Concrete Villa with an Unusual Facade
A cross-hatch covering adds a playful note to a home in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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.
The Encore - Standing Out with Concrete Planters
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Simple, Concrete-and-Steel Fire Pit in Oakland
A fire pit adds a sophisticated touch to a home with a history.
This Concrete Abode Stretches Over Giant Boulders
A Northern California retreat immerses into the landscape with the guidance of shadow and light.
A Concrete Hideaway in the Italian Countryside
An Italian architecture studio offers an updated take on the vacation cabin.

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