India’s House With Balls. A Modern Residence and Fish Farm.

I realize the title of this blog post reads like some sort of odd sexual euphemism, but the truth is it’s a about an unusual modern home in rural Ahmedabad, India which is used as both a weekend residence and a place for the owner to raise fish. And yes, the balls, which are concrete weighted baubles, are an integral functional piece of the architecture and serve as the pulley system for the concrete shutters. Hence the name of the project by the Gujarat, India based architecture firm Matharoo Associates, “House With Balls.” (more…)

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Graphic Concrete: Adding Life To A Big Ol’ Grey Slab

Think concrete just has to be a big ol’ plain slab? Not anymore… at least not in Helsinki, where Graphic Concrete applies texture and imagery to what would ordinarily be a big grey slab. They have devised a new way to produce a patterned concrete surface. The patented Graphic Concrete technology involves applying a surface retarder to the surface of a special membrane and this method allows concrete product manufacturers to produce different types of high-quality patterned concrete elements and slabs. (more…)

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