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 Texas Couple Builds Their Cast-In-Place Concrete Dream Home
Finding inspiration in the work of Tadao Ando, a Houston couple design the concrete house of their dreams.
An Actor-Turned-Designer Couple Build a Dream Home in Oregon
This residence in Lake Oswego cascades down a hillside to embrace its waterfront locale.
A Couple Builds Their Dream Retreat in the Hudson Valley
Long before a 3,500-square-foot home stood on this secluded 12-acre site, this land was just a favorite campsite for two New...
A Connecticut Couple Build an Off-Grid Dream Home in the Prairies of Uruguay
MAPA Architects revitalizes an old ranch house in rural Uruguay—more than 5,300 miles away from the clients’ primary home.
A London Couple Design and Build the Home of Their Dreams for Less Than $110K
This vibrant remodel of a run-down London home proves that high design can be achieved on a low budget.
This Artist Couple’s Off-Grid Dream Home Was a Decade in the Making
After escaping over the years to Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, a pair of painters tap Solares Architecture for a sustainable...
This Blanco River Home Is the Ultimate Haven for a Texas Couple
A tranquil riverside home celebrates the surrounding landscape.
A Designer Couple Build a Dream Home That Takes Indoor/Outdoor Living to the Next Level
John and Denise Schack of Revolve Development prioritize permeability in their Seattle residence with ample al fresco spaces.
A Brazilian Architect Builds a Dream Home for Her Parents
A pair of empty nesters call on their architect daughter to create a home that fulfills their retirement wish list.
With Three Good Reasons and $400K, an L.A. Couple Build the ADU of Their Dreams
In housing-strapped Los Angeles, a designer couple take on their own backyard build—and create a new rental in the process.
This Meticulously Crafted Concrete Home is a Minimalist’s Dream
Perched on Melbourne’s bayside beachfront, this family home by Rachcoff Vella Architecture celebrates a robust and raw material...
A Pair of New York Architects Build the Home of Their Dreams in Oaxaca
Stepping back from their practice in New York City to create a new home in Mexico, a couple of architects find themselves to be...
After a Motorcycle Accident, an Architect Builds His Dream Home
Tommy Rand didn’t want to waste any more time, so he got to work designing a minimalist home for his family on the outskirts of...
An Adventure-Ready Couple Turn a 1998 Skoolie Into the Home of Their Dreams
Rachel and Joel Binkerd transform a Bluebird International bus into a tiny home on wheels that offers the freedom they’ve longed...
This Architect Couple’s Concrete Home in Brazil Sits Above a Wine Tasting Room
Surrounded by mountainous views, this home seamlessly integrates commercial and residential space through a unified material...
Retired Couple Build Modern in Mexico City
A retired couple looking to downsize find the solution right in their backyard.
A Couple’s Home in Australia Is a Canvas for Changing Light
Centered in a lush garden, the single-level dwelling by Edition Office features softly textured brick and burnished concrete that...
A Couple Unearth Pencil-Drawn Plans for Their Dream Home in a Fallen Shed
A chance discovery sets in motion a reverent renovation of a quirky Long Island home.
A Creative Couple Build a Home and Art Studio on the Edge of a Brazilian Forest
Architect Rodrigo Simão gets carte blanche to design a home and studio for an empty-nester couple in Petrópolis.
How to Build a Floating Home
We spoke with architect Eric Cobb about the process behind building a floating home.
A Modern Concrete Home in Peru
Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape.
A Florida Couple Turn a Ram ProMaster Van Into Their Dream Home on Wheels
For Ethan and Katelynn Hunter, van living provides financial freedom, the ability to travel, and the work life they’ve always...
This Newlywed Couple’s 100-Square-Foot Cabin Is the Island Hideaway of Our Dreams
From wedding venue to weekend retreat, this tiny cabin on an island near Vancouver encourages sunbathing and hot tubbing.
Budget Breakdown: A DIY Extraordinaire Builds the Tiny Home of Her Dreams With $12K
At 23 years old, self-taught designer Mariah Hoffman set out to craft her own 156-square-foot sanctuary.
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A Couple’s Cherished Vacation Home is Given a Second Life
By building a modern property next to their traditional cabin, a couple starts fresh on familiar land.
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Smaller in Texas
Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping...
Smaller in Texas
In a far-flung desert destination, designer Barbara Hill does it again.
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A Canadian Couple’s Luminous Home Draws From Midcentury Tradition
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Black Aluminum and Cedar Wrap a Traveling Couple’s Tiny Home
French builder Baluchon created Ala Köl for their clients’ life on the road.
A Stoic Structure in Oaxaca Gives Way to a Couple’s Convivial Home
Designed for gatherings, Nuestro Sueño features living spaces that flow one into the next, all surrounding a central open-air...
How an Architect Couple Built Their Dream Home in Toronto’s Tight Housing Market
As housing prices skyrocket, two Toronto architects come up with a clever solution to help finance their first home.
A Couple’s Melbourne Home Uses Geometry to Tell a Love Story
Taking inspiration from a John Donne poem, FMD Architects brings in angled shapes that represent the union of two former clients.

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