Nestled among the vegetation of the Oaxacan coastal town, the Puerto Escondido Concrete House makes the most of its modest footprint. The entire structure is formed from concrete, including the walls, gabled roof, floors, lofted sleeping platform, stairs, and kitchen sink and counter, which extends out onto the patio, forming the main eating area. Concrete patios extend out from multiple sides, creating both the eating area and a place for lounging by the concrete pool, while slatted wooden blinds provide both privacy and shade.
Camila Cossio & Edmund Sumner / Aranza de Ariño
Keeping its 1960s charm intact, the Writers House is a nostalgic renovation that's a celebration of old and new. The home was originally built by the owener's grandparents — both Jewish holocaust survivors who had passed away — so maintaining the residents initial sentiment was a top priority. All of the rooms have been respectfully updated with the addition of polished concerete floors, whitewashed plywood walls, and new steel windows, while hints of the past echo through the existing wallpapers, chandeliers, and orange brick exterior. The original Jacob Rudowsky custom joinery and Rudowski furniture were refurbished and complemented by new modern pieces. The exterior saw the addition of a large party deck, flanked by a pair of black aluminum screens for privacy during those warm Aussie nights.
Peter Clarke / Branch Studio Architects