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homify 360º: a house made of concrete

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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Today on homify we look at a house made completely of concrete. In the design of this unusual house in the Swiss town of Edlibach, architectural firm Amreinherzig used a Scottish tower built in the 15th century as a source of inspiration. The design of the house, however, looks very modern and unique, like a 21st century palace.

An unusual facade

This non-standard construction makes you want to closely consider all sides. The geometric shape of the building is constructed of large, cold concrete slabs with large windows framed in black like flat-panel TV monitors built into them. Such an unusual facade certainly stands out among the great country houses typical of a small provincial town.

At night

At dusk this unusual house looks even more fabulous. The bright, shining windows diffuse warm light, casting thin bushes over the concrete walls and creating an elegant play of light and shadow.

Roof terrace

Because of the proximity of neighbouring houses, the designers deliberately abandoned balconies, opting instead for the roof terrace seen in this photo. Here, residents of the house and its guests can enjoy a morning coffee or an evening glass wine on the privacy of the roof.

The interior

The real surprise for us was the interior of the house, where the walls and floor are also made 100% of concrete. The bright burgundy sofa and blue wall of the next room bring a little light to the cold gray and create a welcoming atmosphere.

Concrete with bright decor

Because of the thick concrete walls, the passages between the rooms seem to be as narrow as those in a maze. All the rooms seem similar to each other, as though one could easily get lost if not for the bright furniture and decor, which serve as a guide in the concrete interior.

The kitchen

The atmosphere in the kitchen looks a little less monotonous. The furniture is made of plastic and concrete, and several walls are painted white. The shape of the kitchen is more like a long corridor, which is lavishly illuminated by the sunlight that enters the room through the huge windows.

The bathroom

These blue walls, which we saw in a previous photo, belong to the bathroom. The glowing colour seems warm and oceanic after the abundance of ascetic gray concrete. The small mosaic tiles covering the walls and ceiling make the bathroom look playful and relaxed.

Reflections of nature

At the end of the tour we look again at the whimsical drawings made by nature on the facade of the building. The warm saturated light surrounding the house reflects on the surface of the concrete walls, which, under its influence, also acquire a warming orange hue. What a creative, adaptable building!

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