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.

An Architect Sculpts Out a Tadao Ando-Inspired Backyard
This backyard is its own modern retreat in the Berkeley Hills.
This Japanese-Inspired House in Sydney Defies a Triangular Site
A challenging site prompts studioplusthree to get creative to bring light, views, and improved energy efficiency to this...
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...
An Architect’s Beach House Brings California Surfer Vibes to Chigasaki, Japan
Architect and surfer Kenichiro Iwakiri renovates a beach house for himself in Shonan, a region of Japan known for its surf spots.
Open-Plan Concrete Home in Japan
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Q&A with Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban
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This Japanese Home With Earthen Walls Was Inspired by Sandcastles
Instead of dumping excavated soil, ADX used it to build a new home for a client recovering from the 2011 earthquake.
A Stone Farmhouse Hides an Exquisite Japanese-Inspired Interior
Bespoke joinery, elegant minimalism, and space-saving design imbue a contemporary country retreat with Japanese sensibilities.
Review: Tadao Ando
The architecture of Tadao Ando seeks to connect the building with its surrounding.
6 Tiny Outdoor Pavilions Inspired by Japanese Tearooms
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8 Japanese-Inspired Spaces We Love
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A Japanese-Inspired Flat in Singapore Embraces Flexible Spaces
A couple integrate clever space-saving techniques learned from Japanese micro homes via a flat renovation in Singapore.
Top 5 Homes of the Week That Rock Their Concrete Features
The industrial material of choice is making its rounds in the residential realm.
Top 5 Homes of the Week That Champion Concrete Design
These modern concrete homes rock their features with elegance.
This Japanese Architect’s Live/Work Space Embodies Quiet Reflection
The design of this three-level structure was inspired by a single tree.
Architect Spotlight: 12 Works by Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma
Having recently completed his first U.S. public commission in Portland—and with the stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo...
Allen Key House by Architect Prineas
Allen Key House is a minimal residence located in Lane Cove, Australia, designed by Architect Prineas.
House in Suwamachi by Kazuya Saito Architects
House in Suwamachi is a minimal residence located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Kazuya Saito Architects.
A Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Waterfront Masterpiece in Dallas Is Up For Auction
A modern masterpiece which embraces its lush natural surroundings, the Vaughn House is considered to be one of the most...
An Idyllic Swedish Summer House Channels Japanese Vibes
This minimalist timber home in the south of Sweden offers a family of four a place to commune with nature.