Folks in Seattle from Coates Design Architects have a sweet tooth for concrete (so do we but I guess you got the idea already). The home they built the Dorsey Residence was designed as a structure that maximizes footprint by the use of vertical space. From afar it does look like an anonymous austere monumental concrete two-story building on the waterfront. Upon entering a new world opens up in front of you; it’s warm light and open.
There must be something about sandy beaches and the use of concrete I hear you saying. You’re right. It’s something that we’ve been saying for awhile now. It’s a trend to bring the outdoors in; and it seems to be a trend to opt for exposed concrete walls that are good insulators (keeps you colder in summer and warmer in winter) and amazing eye-catchers. As with other properties before this Beach House on Long Island is majestic warm and inviting all at once. Not to mention the house has a little bit of zaniness that makes it even more appealing.
How would you like to spend your days taking in the sight of imposing mountains and the lovely Lake Lugano with the sight of Milan in the distance on a clear day? With its striking contours and sleek urban look designed by Philipp Architekten promises all that and a whole lot more.
The lower level is clad in chic pristine white with a living room dining area and a fabulous kitchen connected in an open floor plan. Hand-scraped oak floors and pops of color here and there perfectly complement this glossy white lacquered look.
As if you’d need another example of “concrete creativity” here’s a house that’s extensively using concrete to define its sophisticated interiors. Built by the folks at Oooox the home features subtle textures mixed with wood and white lacquered furniture which helps steer it away from the roots of industrial design — the design style from which concrete walls draw their inspiration.
An unconventional structure brought to life by Jonathan Segal FAIA the luxurious Cresta residence in California pushes the boundaries of creativity to a whole new level. With a touch of industrial style thanks to its exposed concrete walls and the use of high quality materials and furniture Cresta embraces indoor-outdoor living with ease. And did we mention the recessed lighting that takes over the house after sunset? It looks stellar directly on concrete.
However the surprise feature of the house is found beneath the lower floor as a partially hidden level underneath contains two additional bedrooms along with a well-equipped home office. Carefully placed glass windows and skylights throughout the house offer ample natural ventilation while the beautifully lit backyard provides a spacious elegant gathering area for a fun party or two!