'shan-shui city' by ma yansong, guiyang, china
Isn’t it funny how your perceptions of a material can shift? Years ago, when thinking of concrete structures, I’d have pictured a multi-storey car park, or some hulking piece of Brutalist architecture - which I appreciate is an admired and valued aesthetic, but there are some examples in our cities that are just hard to love.
Now, however, I find myself swooning over concrete houses on blogs and interiors magazine - particularly if their design involves expanses of concrete used internally. One of my favourite houses (in Edinburgh, as it happens) combines concrete, timber and glass to stunning effect. And there’s been some concrete love on Copperline already with this post, where the interior combines concrete finishes with panelling in spruce, fir and elm, and here with this Tuscan house, where the concrete was mixed with the local earth to give the building a pinkish hue that ‘settles’ the structure within its landscape.