Concrete House

There is something about the aesthetic of a concrete exterior on a house that we’re oddly drawn towards here at The Coolector which is why it will come as no surprise whatsoever to hear that we’ve been thoroughly bowled over by Concrete House from the Raw Architecture Workshop. Located in Lewes near Brighton, UK, Concrete House is an uncompromising looking property and all the more impressive for it.

Boasting an impactful aesthetic to say the least, Concrete House from the Raw Architecture Workshop was completed in 2020 and the project exposes the soft side of the concrete monolith, and aims to guide visitors on a journey through an open family home which is positively chock full of natural light, beautiful mid-century furniture, art, and verdant indoor greenery that softens the striking concrete materials used throughout.

Industrial Style Aesthetic

The raw surfaces of concrete walls, steel industrial fittings, leather antiques, and personal treasures do a fantastic job of changing the colour and contrast of Concrete House in Lewes depending on light levels, and go on to add considerable depth and texture to their surroundings. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more inviting home with such an imposing exterior as this superb piece of architectural design from the Raw Architecture Group.

There is an awful lot of innovation going on behind the scenes with this build as Concrete House is the first building in the world to be built of advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete, which is a robust, anti-cracking material that has been developed by Cemex and tested for thermal and structural properties by the University of Zurich and gives this home an impressive insulation performance.

The concrete’s fibre composition means it does not need to be backed up by reinforced steel bars which are typically used to strengthen or hold the structure. This makes Concrete House from the Raw Architecture Workshop the first concrete building anywhere in the world to be built without rebars in the walls. An impressive feat indeed.

Obvious Choice of Materials

Concrete House was designed by RAW Architecture Workshop for Adrian and Megan Corrigall and their young family. Adrian is a lover of concrete since his youth spent skating around Glasgow car parks, and it was also largely influenced by brutalist icons such as the Barbican, the National Theatre, and architect Louis Khan’s use of light to draw occupants through spaces. 

We’re big fans of the visual impact of Concrete House here at Coolector HQ and for those with a love of imposing contemporary architecture, it’s sure to tick plenty of your boxes as well. Raw Architecture Workshop have excelled themselves with this one and the innovative use of materials merely serves to make it stand out even more.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.