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How Australia Does Modern

By Marvin Windows April 7, 2014

Concrete block is a fairly common building material in coastal areas, but it’s often painted or somehow softened visually. Not on this beach house in Perth, Australia, which boldly lets the stark concrete blocks speak for themselves.

But other elements of the home help to refine the blunt visual force of the concrete. Light, open spaces, and an interior courtyard, bring a sense of air and flow. Rich terrazzo floors and teak windows add sophistication. The home’s many levels and planes, which function for ventilation and light control, also break up what could have been a monolithic surface.

A concrete home isn’t for everyone. But in this case, we think it works quite well.