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Inside an Architect's Eco-Conscious Concrete Beach House

To escape the noisy city life, Niels Schönfelder, a German-born architect who currently works in a firm in the southeastern Indian city of Chennai, built the ultimate weekend retreat in La Dune, a nearby eco-village right by the Indian Ocean. Optimized for the tropical climate, the very concrete, cube-like home features a double-height main living area with sliding teak doors to ensure great natural ventilation.

Decor-wise, Schoenfelder also went for the simple, eco-conscious approach. Beyond some vintage chairs salvaged from the site or purchased at a local antique shop, much of the remaining furnishing—daybeds, side tables, dining table—were designed and built by Sheonfelder himself, and using only raw reclaimed wood at that. Find the full gallery on Marie Claire Maison

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