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Ode to Concrete – a House in Argentina

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Here’s a house that’s like a poem about concrete.

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Every aspect of the BA House in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina is constructed using poured-in-place concrete.

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The ubiquitous concrete is balanced by the warmth of rich dark wood shutters.

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The concrete is used in amusing ways, as in forming this tiny horizontal window.

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The nailed-together wooden forms that were used to pour its walls, barely held together.

Their brief struggle is immortalised in concrete.

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Even the interior furnishings are poured from concrete, and then honed to a gleaming silvery patina.

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It is used to form the kitchen counters – for a surprisingly robust and earthy effect.

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The floors are polished to a rich and deep patina  – while the ceilings reveal the wooden forms used in making the concrete.

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Another concrete form becomes the void that creates the swimming pool.

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Amid all this focus on the solid materiality of concrete – the interior makes light solid too.

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A glass box of light pours down from the sky into its central space.

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The light is more than a skylight on a ceiling.

It becomes more like a solid cube of sunlight.

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From one side of the light cube, only the light at bottom is revealed. Above it, you guessed: concrete.

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At night, the shape inverts, as the black sky is crossed by a passageway of light.

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A very interesting house.

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