Concrete Elegance: At Home With Concrete

Concrete Elegance is a celebration of recent, exemplary, concrete architecture, chaired by Elaine Toogood and produced by The Building Centre and The Concrete Centre. 

Please note that this event is free to attend but booking is essential. Click here to register. 

Weston Street, presented by Roger Zogolovitch, Solidspace Ltd, Marion Clayfield & Jane Ashe, AHMM Architects

This development of eight apartments is the latest project by Solidspace, each embodying key principles for residential architecture developed by founder Roger Zogolovitch. 

The Solidspace DNA exploits volume and light through use of an open plan arranged over split-levels or tessellated sections, creating double-height spaces flooded with natural light. Material selection is also fundamental. Here cast in situ concrete structure brings character to internal spaces through exposed smooth soffits and internal walls and  horizontal board-marked concrete exposed on the concrete inner leaf of the brick faced external cavity wall.

 

The Houseboat, presented by Roger Zogolovitch, Solidspace Ltd & Ian Bramwell, Mole Architects

Described by the architect as an upturned boat, or the belly of a whale, this house has strong maritime connections. It is built in the grounds of 1930’s modernist property containing a salvaged interior from SS Mauritania, over-looking Poole Harbour. The house is designed as two timber hulls, upturned for shelter and tar-black on the outside. These sit upon a solid base of rough cast in situ concrete, containing the bedrooms. All the concrete, including a three-storey arch that holds up the house, and central stair, is raw in texture, with exposed aggregate, like a weathered sea wall. This project is presented by Mole Architects, within the context of their other residential projects using exposed concrete.

Please note that this event is free to attend but booking is essential.