Architect Matt Gibson drew inspiration from mid-century Modernist architecture in Brazil for the style of this concrete and stone residence in a Melbourne suburb .
Gibson, who has studios in the two Sydney and Melbourne, created Concrete Residence to offer the residence for the household of a industrial builder specialising in masonry.
This client requested a house developed from concrete and stone palette, but also asked for it to reference the architecture of Brazilian Modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa and Paulo Mendes Da Rocha – whose perform usually functions daring kinds, protruding volumes and raw concrete surfaces.
“Concrete House utilises concrete as a key building materials and the defining component of the building’s architecture – in so carrying out expressing the proprietor and his craft,” stated the studio.
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“With nods to the wanted mid-century modernist short, the compositional palette – along with the use of the client’s specially sourced stone on the exterior – is developed distinct to client needs,” it additional.
The house comprises a pair of horizontally lying two-storey blocks made from concrete, wood and stone, which have been placed side by side.
Residing spaces on the lower and upper floors are positioned in the block nearest the rear garden, while bedrooms and entrance points encounter the street.
The house is set ten metres away from the edge of the street. An opaque wooden display runs along this front facade at ground level to provide privacy.
The entrance to the house is situated in this facade, as is a large lift that can be used to reduced the client’s car into an underground parking room.
A concrete block somewhat overhangs the reduce floor. Two wide windows sunk into deep faceted frames bracket the block to the front and rear.
“The tapered concrete kind offers a lens to maximise views to the two front and rear whilst east and west elevations are windowless and restrict sight lines to neighbours,” said the crew.
Inside, a double-height residing area with an integrated concrete chimney breast is set at the heart of the house.
Glazed doors link the lounge to the back backyard, which was made by Australian landscape architect Rick Eckersley. It functions pockets of planting set into concrete patios, as properly as a tennis court and a swimming pool.
“Vertical and horizontal material connections are woven by means of the interiors,” added the staff. “White plaster, used for sensible functions, is interspersed amongst timber, stone and concrete making it possible for a organic backdrop for the clients’ way of life, furnishings and artwork.”
“Formally easy, lofty and airy, the primary spaces are reminiscent of mid-century Modernist materials and compositional qualities – particularly Brazilian Modernism.”
This primary residing area is ignored by a smaller snug on the upper floor, which also attributes three bedrooms. A decked balcony runs along the garden-dealing with facade.
The house shares several qualities with many just lately completed houses in Brazil, from Casa Cubo by Studio MK27, which features a living space that seems to have no walls, to a bulky concrete residence Isay Weinfeld designed for a graphic designer in São Paulo.
Photography is by Shannon McGrath.
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