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Eco-Conscious Concrete Home Throws Modernism a Curveball

Instead of the typical box on rocks, the house takes a rounded form

Sustainable architecture has earned a bit of a rep for being unsightly, sacrificing aesthetics for the loftier—and, frankly, more important—goal of keeping energy use to a minimum and, generally, doing right by the environment. But this house for a young family in Stechovice, Czech Republic (about 45 minutes south of Prague by car), flouts those ideas about what eco-friendly design looks like with a curved, corrugated-metal-clad facade and a simple, utilitarian appeal.

Designed by Czech firm Caraa, the semi-circular, wheelchair-accessible courtyard house features open-plan interiors with concrete walls and ceilings and light oak-wood floors. Light streams in through geometric windows along the facade and via the central planted courtyard. When it comes to sustainability, don't look for bells and whistles here. Instead, the architects used materials frequently cast off, like corrugated aluminum, and kept the surrounding land and courtyard garden un-landscaped to keep water use to a minimum.

Though the house is perhaps more bare than some would happily live in, we think it has a certain workhorse-like charm.

Low-Energy Family House / Caraa [ArchDaily]

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