Inspired by the essence of a house that becomes far more gorgeous with age, Concrete House by FGR Architects is the result of a 2 materials palette, concrete and glass selected for their characteristics of beatification with time, sustainability, simplicity of build and integration into the building’s existing surroundings.
Found in the resurgent suburb of Maribyrnong, close to inner Melbourne the house has a composed elegance that issues a lot of conventions in Australian domestic architecture. The 3 storey dwelling embraces the chance of its web site, turning itself ’upside down’ with the bedrooms and service spaces on the lower floors increasing to spacious and bright open living area below the retractable glass roof with panoramic views and a glass fronted rooftop pool.
Director of FGR Architects, Feras Raffoul explains his passion and respect for concrete as the excellent building material for its a lot of qualities of thermal, sustainability, aesthetic and ability to collect patina and as a result beautify with age. “The capacity of this residence to be constructed primarily from these 2 components aids to create an everlasting framework and when the concrete walls and floor are up, the external and internal glass mounted, only the joinery remains to complete the developing. The simplicity of this is exquisite.
“Concrete has often appealed to me as a useful architectural device for its numerous merits and inexhaustible and continual innovations in its applications. It has the capability to make a straightforward area, form or construction come to existence, I think that to generate unique spaces and volumes it is what you leave out rather than what you include,” Raffoul stated. “In Concrete Property movement of light is essential in that it activates and warms the firmness of the concrete walls and allows for the architecture to come alive. We enjoy placing delicate and precise finishes to function along side the brutal concrete and discover this has a yin and yang impact.”
Climbing previous the awesome bedrooms positioned on the middle floor, the soaring glass staircase delivers residents to the panoramic views of the prime floor covered only by a glass roof assembled from a straightforward steel frame and cleverly regarded for comfort with automated blinds responding to changing light circumstances. This open space of kitchen, dining and living contrasts in materiality and spatial dynamic as the concrete walls drop away and are replaced by glass and acrylic that also forms one side of the lap pool presenting the physique of water as direct counterpoint and viewing point whilst spectacular city skyline panorama is enjoyed from the adjoining terrace.
Raffoul has applied his expertise of industrial building programs and development into the conception of this house and pushes the capability of the insulated concrete to provide a thermally constant area of excellent clarity. This dwelling demonstrates the influence that an architect’s robust affection for brutal materials mixed with exact and delicate details transformed into and stylish space through persistence and a labour of enjoy.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 6 March, 2014
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