With so many concrete houses all over the world you’d think we’ve seen it all but it’s in fact quite the opposite. It’s still easy to be impressed and inspired by all of the amazing structures because each one is unique. Today we’re looking at a suburban family home from Limassol, Cyprus.
What stands out in its case is the beautiful connection that it shares by the neighbors. The plot is surrounded by existing homes and structures which are pretty close together and are also very different from this house in terms of style. That resulted in an interesting relationship where this modern concrete houses stands out but also tries to become seamlessly integrated into its surroundings.
The house was designed by architect Markella Menikou Chartered. It has a solid and continuous concrete shell complemented by two main accent materials: raw timber and metal. The linear nature of the plot allowed it to be positioned horizontal to the street with this particular side of the house being closed off and framed by a steel and mesh privacy screen. On the opposite side of the house the living areas extend outside towards a beautiful garden. There’s also a swimming pool area, a basement garage and more greenery around them. Deep cantilevers create shade during the day and add depth to the design of the house.
Some of the spaces are difficult to categorize as being only indoor or outdoor areas. They’re both inside and out and this creates a wonderful relationship between this imposing concrete house and all the beautiful greenery and the scenery that surround it. This envelope of concrete and timber also has big glazed sections which strategically conceal or reveal particular areas, controlling the amount of exposure towards the neighbors.