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.

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An industrious Chicago couple set up shop in a historic manufacturing district almost overnight using prefab concrete panels.
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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.
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A Bay Area producer and community organizer converts a run-down warehouse in Oakland into her dream house for $124,093.
Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan
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See How This Couple Built Their Mobile Tiny Home For Just $30K
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This Sleek Prefab Can be Built in Just Six Weeks For Under $22K
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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.
An Austin Couple Turn a Ranch Home Into a Refreshing Live/Work Space
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A Restless Real Estate Developer Builds His Ideal Live-Work Space
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A Tiny Florence Flat Is Reborn as an Architect's Live/Work Space
An architect revamps a 1970s Florence apartment, turning it into her chic, functional home and office.