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.

Small Country Home with Dramatic See-Through Wall
A traditional floor plan gets a minimalist update, complete with a classic porch.
A Light-Filled Contemporary Home Lists for $5.8M in Palo Alto
One of 16 homes in the newly built Orchard Park development, the three-level home offers nearly 5,000 square feet of interior...
A Sustainable, Tree House-Like Home Rises Amidst the Redwoods in Palo Alto
Gently resting on a slender lot in Silicon Valley, this award-winning dwelling balances indoor/outdoor living with ample privacy.
The Color of Palo Alto
Sam Yates will paint the town Palo Alto, once he figures out what color that is.
Plans For a Simple Carport Evolve Into a Rear Addition and See-Through Pool
A straightforward alteration and addition project in Manly, New South Wales, Australia, results in a surprising overhaul of the...
Pigmented Concrete Walls Tie This Home Into the Landscape
North of Rio de Janeiro, a holiday home blends into the terrain with reddish concrete walls pigmented to match the native soil.
Circular Skylights Let the Landscape Grow Through This Concrete Home in India
Nufail Shabana Architects designs a family home in Kerala that is softened with greenery and natural materials.
This House Doesn't Hold Back on Colorful Details
A see-through pool wall is just one element of this vibrant home.
Native Trees Punch Through the Roof of This Concrete Home in Argentina
Built of concrete and timber, Casa BS in Córdoba maneuvers around nature, allowing trees to puncture its design.
A Modernist Dream Home Makes the Most of a Rare Double Lot in Palo Alto
After a few stabs at realizing their dream home, a couple hit the mark with a richly textured dwelling in Palo Alto.
A Modern Concrete Home in Peru
Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape.
A Mesmerizing Pool Dominates This Brazilian Home
A pool with panoramic glass walls becomes an alluring work of art in this Brazilian apartment.
Open-Plan Concrete Home in Japan
In Tokyo, Japan, where the houses are crammed cheek by jowl, two old friends from architecture school have created a...
25 Modern Homes That Kill it With Concrete
Extremely durable, versatile, and sustainable to boot, concrete is a smart building material, as these homes show.
The Palo Alto Lantern House
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An Obsessed Designer Fills Her Home with Vintage Finds
In southwest England, interior designer Kathryn Tyler built her home around her ever-expanding furniture collection.
This Austin Home Was Designed to Showcase a Vintage Car Collection
Austin-based firm Matt Fajkus Architecture designs a two-level garage and residence with a ground-floor space that was built to...
Glass Takes Center Stage in These 10 See-Through Homes
While the iconic work of Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe immediately comes to mind when glass is mentioned, modern day...
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...
Vintage Cars Meet Pool Floaties in This Artist’s Kooky Midcentury Landscape
We chat with Chris Labrooy about “The Future Ain’t The Same as it Used to Be,” a short film in which the artist mashes up classic...