It is fascinating to observe how concrete has won a secure place in the hearts of interior designers worldwide. The home presented below envisioned by oooox and located in a small village southwest of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic is an example of concrete creativity. You can see the material employed throughout the interiors (walls, ceilings, floor); yet the place does not feel too industrial, but sophisticated and contemporary-elegant instead.
The core of the residence is a minimalist, open plan living and dining room, designed in a neutral color palette. Just a few furniture elements and carefully chosen lighting fixtures give this interior an original vibe. The “cold” and gray concrete on the ceiling is contrasted by wooden additions and white lacquered kitchen finishes. Subtle texture on the ceiling creates a visual disruption, making it easy for anyone visiting to look up. Far from being a concrete-used-in-living-space fan, I have to say this place touched a soft spot. How does it resonate with your tastes?
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city