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 Double Villa in Switzerland
A glass-and-concrete mountainside lair is fit for a Bond villain with a penchant for stunning Alpine views.
A Concrete Casita in Austin Does Double Duty as Guesthouse and Gear Storage
Ravel Architecture builds an efficient in-law unit in one family’s backyard out of board-formed concrete and steel.
An Oscar-Winning Director’s Striking Concrete-and-Glass Villa Offers a Tranquil Escape in L.A.
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Quietly Swiss
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Swiss Mix
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Super Minimal Steel and Concrete Villa with an Unusual Facade
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7 Alpine Holiday Chalets in Switzerland
If you enjoy skiing and snow-capped mountains, then a vacation in the Swiss Alps has your name written all over it.
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.
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A Sprawling Designer Villa Hits the Market at $20M in Dubai
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What if Furniture Worked Like a Swiss Army Knife?
Convertible furniture by Stephen Kenn for Victorinox takes inspiration from the acme of efficiency.
An Outdated Swiss Chalet Is Treated to a Playful New Look
Four sections, four levels, and four doors and windows enable this remodeled 1960s cabin to fully embrace its idyllic natural...
A Double-A, Bay Area Eichler Just Listed for $900K
Two A-frames and an airy atrium define this coveted midcentury classic by A. Quincy Jones.
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...
This Double-Loft Tiny Home Is Move-In Ready For $75K
This 183-square-foot dwelling pairs crisp, white interiors with warm wood accents.
This Double-Decker Bus Offers an Eclectic Glamping Experience
Disconnect from reality and reconnect with nature in this converted city bus set in the breathtaking English countryside.
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With temperatures dropping, our daydreams of hunkering down in a cabin for the next few months are getting more frequent.