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Modern seaside house embraces recycled concrete

Blocky yet breezy

Concrete block wall shielding wood and concrete-clad home. Shantanu Starick

This modern house on the southern coast of Australia is layered with concrete. The project, from Australian firm Takt Studio, puts the material to smart use with an interior outfitted in cool gray and an exterior wall made from massive blocks of recycled concrete that climb upward into a tiered landscaping wall.

The property has two structures—the main house, which sits on a slope and has a large veranda that looks toward the ocean; and a smaller guest house called the “Jenga House” for its stacked timber facade.

A kitchen has concrete floors, gray cabinets, concrete island, wooden dining table and chairs, and a floating staircase to an upper level. Shantanu Starick

Inside the main house, the architects used simple materials like concrete, pine wood, and subtle terrazzo flooring to create a cool, moody backdrop. A floating staircase made from steel and wood leads upstairs where the the bedrooms provide a dose of color: one is painted in a warm peachy hue and another in a subdued shade of army green.

A bedroom with peach-colored walls and a window. Shantanu Starick
Bedroom with olive green walls, a desktop plant, and light gray curtains. Shantanu Starick
A rounded leather chair sits in a corner with glass walls. Shantanu Starick
Back patio connected to interior of house. Shantanu Starick