The first 2016 Concrete Elegance lecture celebrated three domestic interiors with presentations from their designers and makers, exploring the design, construction process and communication necessary to create inspirational contemporary homes.

This lecture featured case studies on: 

Ingersoll Road, presented by Luke McLaren, McLaren Excell

(The main supporting column has a patinated finish on one side; Joinery in grey elm complements the concrete surfaces. Photos by: Richard Leeney)

This residential extension to a family home is almost entirely made from exposed cast in-situ concrete, including walls, floors and furniture. The centrepiece kitchen island cantilevers off a slender spine and is meticulously detailed to be created in just a single concrete pour. These concrete surfaces are complimented by joinery in grey elm and outside by the rusty texture of Corten steel cladding.

More information on this project can be found in Concrete Quarterly, Winter 2015

The Concrete House, presented by Pedro Gil, Studio Gil and Isaac Tucker, Solid State Bespoke Concrete

 ©Studio Gil Ltd

Located in a conservation area, the house was originally constructed using brickwork and timber. The extension and remodelled interior spaces use concrete, plywood, reclaimed iroko timber and brushed steel including cast in-situ concrete worktops. This material palette extends into the garden with bespoke concrete planters, benching, storage and a barbecue.

Covert House, Clapham Old Town, presented by David Hills, DSDHA and Anthony Thresh, Whiterock

© Hélène Binet

Shortlisted for a RIBA London Award, Covert House is an ultra-modern family home with exposed concrete walls and soffits, white resin floor and mirrored facades. This discreet house is set partially into the ground to limit its height to meet planning conditions. The thermal mass of the concrete and surrounding earth helps keep the building cool in summer and, when combined with underfloor heating in the floors and staircase, also warm in the winter. 

More information on this project can be found in Concrete Quarterly, Spring 2015