Decorative concrete in the house: 5 amazing concrete houses
Decorative concrete otherwise known as architectural concrete is one of the hottest trends in architecture in recent years. Concrete is one of the few materials that can be used both indoors and outdoors, and the color palette and design can be inspired by elements in the surrounding landscape, such as a river bed, forest or beach. Architectural concrete is used to finish terraces, floors, kitchen countertops, walls, ceilings, pool beaches and more.
Concrete is no longer sad, gray and boring, now it is considered a beautiful decorative element. Advances in concrete processing tools, concrete dyes, textures and patterns have made concrete the most versatile, durable and cost-effective material on the market.
Find out how you can use custom decorative concrete at home. Especially for you, we have prepared a list of the most interesting houses in which concrete dominates. Interestingly, all projects are from Latin America. Why do Latin Americans love decorative concrete so much?
1. Casa Tiny, Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Near Puerto Escondido, a Mexican resort on the Pacific Ocean and the surfers’ mecca, there is an unusual house – “Casa Tiny”. A small beach house, one of the first works of the young architect Aranza de Ariño, is a romantic place for two. It is decorated in a minimalist style. It consists of a kitchen, bathroom and open bedroom on the mezzanine. Built of concrete and native hardwood, the house opens with blinds to the concrete terrace, which on the one hand wraps around the pool, and on the other extends the kitchen.
The roof, floor panels, stairs and furniture are made of concrete, which appears everywhere in the whole house, giving it a raw character. The second important building material is native Parota wood – dark wood in honey color. It was used to make doors, windows, wardrobes and shelves. Although the house is small, solid and durable materials make Casa Tiny give a sense of security and a kind of refinement.
And check this out – the house can be rented on Airbnb! (prices from approx. 100 EUR per night)
2. Casa Mirador, Las condes, Chile
Another project was created almost exactly on the other side of the world, in Las Condes – a city in the metropolis of Santiago de Chile. House called Casa mirador (from Spanish: observation house) was designed by the architects office +aquitectos. The building rises on the top of the hill, which offers a breathtaking view of the valley and the Andes.
The structure was made of concrete, and to improve insulation, it was additionally covered from the outside with a ventilated facade made of prefabricated concrete slabs, while maintaining the monochrome character of the design. The building uses various forms of decorative concrete. The aforementioned concrete panels were placed on the facade. The ceiling is dominated by raw concrete with visible formwork. The pool beach and terrace are covered with concrete tiles. In turn, the floor in the interior was made of terrazzo.
3. Casa Vila Pinhal, Itirapina, Brazil
The Casa Vila Pinhal, a project by Alexandre Faccina in Itirapina, São Paulo, refers to the brutalist tradition, which in Brazil gained immense popularity in the 1960s. The building itself is extraordinary. The house revolves around a round living room and spiral stairs that connect the two levels of the building. The building from the outside looks like a huge bunker, but after entering it, it turns out that due to the use of numerous windows and glass blocks, the structure is quite light.
4. Carassale House La Esmeralda, Argentina
Costa Esmeralda is a private house located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean 400 km from Buenos Aires. The house is almost on the dunes, surrounded by pine trees. It was designed by BAK Architects for a family with three young children, which often receives guests. Therefore, the common part – the kitchen combined with the living room and the terrace had to be spacious, while the bedrooms more cabin (the house has 160 m2). The house is built of precast concrete, which was left uncovered. What immediately catches the eye are floor-to-ceiling windows on each side of the building, behind which you can admire nature.
5. Chuburná House, Chuburná, Meksyk
Our last proposal is a simple multi-dimensional concrete house located on a quiet and peaceful beach on the Yucatan coast. The terrace offers an amazing view of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Meet the Chuburná House by Cabrera Arqs.
The interior has a fairly simple decoration, colors and textures and the architecture of the house make it an ideal architectural space to relax and break away from the world. According to designers, the most important thing is space and light, which is why they decided on neutral gray colors of polished concrete, both on floors and walls. It contrasts with the wood that appears everywhere, in decorations, furniture and on the door.
Thanks to the large windows, the light penetrates the home in a subtle and controlled way, creating a unique atmosphere inside that encourages relaxation, reading and meditation. The windows also allow you to contemplate the vastness of the sea, which is right next to it.