Tony Owen Partners participated in a unique collaboration when designing “Bill’s House,” a conspicuously modern home located in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. The client, Bill, a concrete contractor, requested a design in which concrete was the primary building material in order to complete a majority of the construction himself. Accordingly, the architects responded with a dramatic design that balances rectangular volumes with massive, curved, white concrete walls. The curved walls are a reference to the sails of fishing boats on the Greek Islands, reflecting the client’s heritage. As requested, concrete is used wherever possible elsewhere in the home. A thick central wall is cast in textured concrete, and incorporates a tropical fish tank. The most striking use of the material, however, is in the central circulation space, which uses black polished concrete floors and a monolithic staircase cast from the same material. A transparent glass enclosure counters the heavy concrete and bathes the space in light throughout the day. The ground floor is kept light and open with floor to ceiling windows that open onto a patio, pool, and terraced garden.
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