Inspired Architecture: Materials

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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

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

image: John Gollings

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

image: Åke E:son Lindman


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

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

image: OMA

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

image: Frank Hanswijk


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

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

image: David Frutos

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

image: FILM – Obras de Arquitectura


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

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

image: Bernalte-León y Asociados

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

image: K2Ld Architects

Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.
OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently - Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.