Concrete designs are durable and can hold numerous possibilities due to its functionality and flexibility as a material.
When combined with sustainable features, concrete can offer interesting elements for homes and commercial applications.
Casa la Estadía from REC Architecture is constructed mainly of concrete and glass and has a curious look.
The exterior was formed into an interesting shape that also provides several benefits. The concrete walls make up the structural base for the home and also enables several sustainable features.
The design makes use of a passive energy system and is able to capture up to 85% of the home’s energy. The entire home is encased in concrete, which maintains the internal temperature as the concrete portions store and release cold or heat as needed. The wall was designed to provide thermal inertia, as the concrete absorbs, collects and distributes warmth when necessary. This helps to keep the internal temperature at a constant, comfortable level.
The bold vertical design softens a little indoors, as there is a contemporary garden space that adds a modern splash of green.
The main floor layout allows access to beautiful views, and a tucked away level holds the bedrooms.
The concrete enveloped exterior wraps around to form a private courtyard space.
More concrete inspiration comes from a project called the Water of Life, which is an exhibition shown in a building called Rainhouse. Ivanka, a concrete design company, developed the structure.
The socially relevant design is a sustainable solution for a community water resource. The concrete is constructed to include a filtration and rainwater management system, and the roof and cistern portions are also made from concrete.
The concrete used to form the building is made from a pH neutral material that collects rainwater and then filters it onsite into drinking water. Referred to as bio-concrete, the equipment gathers the rain and purifies it using a natural sun-distilled process.
Using construction materials in new and sustainably enhanced ways that save energy and resources is an evolved and desirable approach in architecture and design.
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