Concrete isn’t always cozy. In fact, most of the time, it can be downright austere. But this house in Mexico City from Mexican architecture studio Tanat, uses the material to a warm and moody effect.
Named Nostos for the greek word for “returning home,” the house was designed for a resident who returned to the Coyoacán neighborhood. The architects wanted to create a house that blended indoors with outdoors by opening the concrete-clad rooms to walled courtyards through a series of glassy doors.
The home’s facade is a hint of what’s to come inside. A powdery cobalt door slides open in the internal courtyard and welcomes visitors into a concrete walled space with pops of blue throughout.
The brightly lit kitchen is a narrow strip of real estate that’s boxed in by floor to ceiling windows. Elsewhere, like in the living room, the house takes on a perfectly melancholy atmosphere thanks to low-slung ceilings, a skylight, and judicious use of windows that let in a soft, ethereal glow.