From its foundations and floors to columns, solid interior and exterior block walls, this house embraces concrete as a material in every possible way – yet manages to maintain a level of cozy comfort and respectful regionalism rarely seen in concrete home construction.
The concrete is left uncovered in most places by paint or wallboard, save for the ceilings that were painted to reflect natural and artificial light throughout the interior spaces. Even bathroom, bedroom and kitchen areas feature walls of largely-exposed, solid- gray concrete.
In key interior locations, green vegetation is placed in order to create contrast between man-made and organic elements – an effect also employed with infill furniture, cabinetry and other necessary furnishings (composed mainly of wood and plywood).
This home was designed by SUB Studio as a low-budget, sustainable and easy-to-build home prototype in Indonesia – and uses region-sensitive scales and support materials in addition to the core cast-in-place and concrete block structure. The building makes maximum use of natural ventilation, the thermal properties of concrete and was constructed for less than $20,000.