Here’s the minimalist concrete house designed by Atelier Zhanglei located in Nanjing City, China. This remarkable residential building has been built with a new form of concrete facade. The entire structure, including the roof, is made of concrete with five-centimeter horizontal wood textile strips. Atelier Zhanglei took inspiration from the massing of adjacent garden houses from the 1920s, but abstracted their form and used concrete instead of gray bricks. The architect choice of going “concrete” was because gray bricks are not longer made in Nanjing, but concrete is – as he says. He used strips of wood just 2 inches wide for the concrete form work, giving the material a very unique texture that looks like a fine textile.
Photographs by Iwan Baan