For our latest lookbook, we selected ten living spaces from the Dezeen archive that use concrete as a focal feature of the design.
Concrete, which is usually used as a structural element in buildings, and not for interior decoration, was used in these spaces to create living rooms with interesting textures.
These projects use robust material in a variety of ways — for walls and built-in storage solutions, as well as for space division.
This is the latest review in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration to designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include japandi interiors, art homes and rustic interiors.
Casa Castaños, Argentina, María Belén García Bottazzini, and Ekaterina Künzel
This glass and concrete home in Argentina was built by architects María Belén García Bottazzini and Ekaterina Künzel.
The living space has an arrangement of a broken floor plan which is divided by a concrete chimney shaped from a plank which partly separates the living space from the dining room.
The linear concrete surface extends from the bottom of the chimney and forms a TV shelf.
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House of Pedro Reyes, Mexico, Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernandez
Built of concrete as the primary material, this home in Mexico takes the signs of brutality for the use of materials in various roughens.
In the double-height living room, a large concrete bookshelf with a staircase extends over the height of the space. Floating, cantilevered stairs lead to a raised gallery that overlooks the living space and allows access to the books on the upper shelves.
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Forest House, Ecuador, by Jarrín
Exposed concrete, steel and brick cover the interior of this house in Ecuador by the architectural studio Jarrín.
The concrete ceiling with embossed prints is designed as a central feature of the space, with large pillars extending from the ceiling to the dark wood floors.
The exterior walls of the house were left in unfinished and exposed concrete to give the space an industrial aesthetic.
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Courtyard House, USA by No Architecture
Concrete covers the walls and floors of this Oregon home interior by No Architecture. It boasts a minimal palette of materials accentuated by scanty furniture and decorative rugs.
The walls of the house are broken by windows with wooden frames that stumble and form a stepped design throughout the space.
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UF Haus, Germany, SoHo Architektur
For UF House, which stands for “unfinished,” SoHo Architektur used materials that could be left raw and unfinished.
The main living space is located at the back of the house and forms the core of the building. It was tucked under a double-height space that overlooks a walkway leading to the bedrooms.
Light gray concrete covers the walls of the space, which also features a long concrete bench set against the wall.
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Holiday house, Island by Gláma Kim
This holiday home located on the coast of Iceland has an open plan plan and has a range of concrete, cedar and glass materials.
The living space is placed in the center of the house and is framed by a large concrete volume, which separates the bedrooms from the common areas and serves as a fireplace for heating.
The concrete volume has a dark gray pigment that contrasts with the light walls and ceilings lined with cedar that are located over the rest of the house.
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Studio House, Mexico, Manuel Cervantes
This five-story house in Mexico, built on a sloping slope, has numerous spaced spaces that can be accessed by a series of stairs and staircases.
His living space is marked by a large concrete wall in the shape of a slab, which is left exposed and runs through the house to unite the spaces. Stone steps are placed along the wall and lead to dark lava stone floors.
The room furniture sits low to the ground and has a simple and modular look.
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Casa Meco, Portugal by Atelier Rua
The large common area forms the main living space in Casa Meco, located in a small Lisbon village in Portugal.
A board marked ceiling extends over the common living space and extends downward to form concrete cladding. Smooth concrete is used on the floors and serves as a neutral background for elegant furniture.
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Residence in Kato Kifissia, Greece by Tense Architecture Network
The living space in this Greek home has a sunken design marked by gray basalt stones covering the living room floors.
Concrete pillars surround the living space and frame large floor-to-ceiling glazed windows overlooking the surrounding garden.
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Tea House, China, Archi-Union
Plank-shaped concrete walls envelop the living space of the Archi-Union library and studio.
Curved concrete walls partially hide the room and create a cave-like feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the space lead to the terrace and overlook the gardens that surround the location and structure.
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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks to provide curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous books depicting Mediterranean-style tiled tiles, U-shaped kitchens and interiors with a broken floor plan.