This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings. The team behind OpenBuildings has brand new content to share with you from the sister site! Below you will not only see the normal selection of great architecture but also also links to thematic selections of inspirational content, which might help you start your very own design project and get matched with design professionals.

Аesthetically, natural building materials form a rare group of finishes that go with every style, appeal to everyone alike, and age really well, which therefore renders them notably reusable. The vintage and industrial home looks are in fact very often deliberately sought after, so don’t be quick to throw out the old bricks or to hide the jagged concrete column that popped up after a home conversion - you might end up using them to a greater interior effect! Modern technology is also performing miracles in offering new exciting readings of traditional materials while preserving their innate cosy feel.


Lindstén Form, Toyo Ito, Elisa Strozyk: engineered wood offers exciting possibilities in home design

Inspired Architecture: Materials

McBride Charles Ryan: Letterbox House: traditional appearance of material, unusual detail

Inspired Architecture: Materialsimage: John Gollings

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter: Humlegården Apartment: traditional detail, unusual appearance of  material

Inspired Architecture: Materialsimage: Åke E:son Lindman


Transparent House, LitraCon: modern technology offers exciting new readings of concrete

Inspired Architecture: Materials

OMA: Maison á Bordeaux: traditional appearance of concrete in unusual form and setting

Inspired Architecture: Materialsimage: OMA

Zecc Architecten: Black Pearl Studio: traditional concrete formwork, disguised whitewashed appearance 

Inspired Architecture: Materialsimage: Frank Hanswijk


Oostrum & Bonneur, Gramazio & Kohler: new age brick architecture comes with new bricks & digital brickwork techniques

Inspired Architecture: Materials

Xpiral: Torreaguera Atresados House: traditional brickwork, extraordinary ceramic bricks

Inspired Architecture: Materialsimage: David Frutos

FILM – Obras de Arquitectura: Pilar House: traditonal brick bodies in unusual configurations create great effect

Inspired Architecture: Materialsimage: FILM – Obras de Arquitectura


Ron Arad, MADE: metal furniture & accessories could add unusual sparkle to home interiors

Inspired Architecture: Materials

Bernalte-León y Asociados: Clip House: copper leaf skin in original warm colour defines complex surfaces 

Inspired Architecture: Materialsimage: Bernalte-León y Asociados

K2Ld Architects: The Green House: copper leaf skin in simple configuration takes advantage of copper’s unique weathering properties

Inspired Architecture: Materialsimage: K2Ld Architects