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.

In Just 48 Hours, a Chicago Live/Work Space Is Built from the Ground Up Using Concrete Panels
An industrious Chicago couple set up shop in a historic manufacturing district almost overnight using prefab concrete panels.
Five Boroughs in 48 Hours
When Dwell proposed that I undertake a design writing variant of Supermarket Sweep—visiting five projects in five boroughs in two...
Modern Live/Work Space in a Former Chicago Funeral Home
A gut rehab turns a quixotic old building into a model live-work space near Wicker Park.
Built Like a Concrete House
Dorit Mizrahi and Oliviero Godi, working in Bergamo, Italy, as the firm Exposure Architects, have designed a house using...
Before and After: A Rundown Bodega in Chicago Is Reimagined Into a Vibrant Live/Work Space
A deserted corner store is redeveloped into a furniture and art gallery, showroom, apartment, and office space for a newly...
An Efficient Live-Work Space in Montreal
A husband-wife architectural duo transform a former tire shop into a versatile home-office.
A Neglected Chapel Is Reborn as an Artist's Live/Work Space
After a thoughtful restoration, a former chapel in South London embraces a new calling as a vibrant, contemporary space for a...
Chicago’s Summer of Design
A massive exhibition and a new permanent design museum put the past, present, and future of the city’s design community in focus.
Two Rammed-Earth Buildings Host a Sustainable Live/Work Space For a Colorado Artist
Serving as an art studio/residence for artist Rebecca DiDomenico, Swoon Art House has been built from 100-percent renewable...
A Shipping Container Prefab Lab Is Built in Only 4 Hours
A two-story prefab made of shipping containers offers a speedy solution to shortages of space on this college campus.
10 Ways to Use Rugs in Your Outdoor Space This Spring
Looking for creative ways to incorporate rugs into outdoor spaces that feel otherwise unfinished? These 10 examples will give you...
6 Hallway Hacks to Turn Them Into Usable Space
Put your corridors to work as storage, seating, or gallery space with these ideas.
The Artist Using Playful Designs to Reimagine Public Space in the Twin Cities
An artist’s interactive public work fosters unity in Minnesota.
Dwell Before & After: An Old Airstream Becomes a Charming Live/Work Space
After stumbling upon an outdated Airstream on eBay, a couple decide to make a radical life change.
Middle Ground
Adding less than $100,000 of improvements to an off-the-shelf prefab model resulted in a clean-cut structure at the eastern base...
PSA: Montreal Is Just 6 Hours North of New York (And It's Pretty Great)
Cross the border from New York State into Canada, and you’ll find yourself in Montréal, a cosmopolitan city with a European flair...
Structural Panels
Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the...
Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan
This flower shop, art gallery, and home for two looks like the simplest of cubes.
Built-In Style
In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the...
Flexible work hours meet happy hour at The Austin
San Francisco-based developer Pacific Eagle Holdings set out to create a living space where residents could work during the day...