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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The popular retailer just officially opened its first hotel in Japan.
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Finn Juhl Design Hotel Opens in Nagano, Japan
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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...
A Concrete Home in Vietnam Is Topped With Trees
With greenery dwindling in urban areas, an architecture firm in Ho Chi Minh City designs a home to bring nature back to the...
Small Box Home with Black Metal Facade in Japan
Drawing on an inherited plot of land, his father’s steel company, and his brother-in-law’s architectural know-how, Motoshi...
An Off-the-Grid Prefab that Combines Open Plan Living with Rugged Durability
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This Barn-Like Home Is Closed to the Street and Open to the Forest
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10 Zen Homes That Champion Japanese Design
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Top 5 Homes of the Week That Champion Concrete Design
These modern concrete homes rock their features with elegance.
This Whimsical Home in Japan Encourages Play and Exploration
Exposed wooden trusses and polycarbonate walls are just some of the features of this playful, Kobe residence.
Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan
This flower shop, art gallery, and home for two looks like the simplest of cubes.
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How to Plan Out a Rec Room in Your Home
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