Concrete Elegance


at home with concrete

The use of exposed cast in situ concrete is celebrated in these inspirational residential projects through presentations from their design teams. Each scheme demonstrates a different technique for creating surface texture including exposed aggregate and timber board marking. Presentations explore the design development, construction processes and communication necessary to create these extraordinary contemporary spaces. 

Speakers include:

- Roger Zogolovitch, chairman and creative director at Solidspace Ltd
(The Houseboat and Weston Street)

- Marion Clayfield & Jane Ashe, associates at AHMM Architects
(Weston Street)

- Ian Bramwell, director at Mole Architects
(The Houseboat)

Case studies:

Weston Street in London
This development of eight apartments is the latest project by Solidspace, each embodying key principles for residential architecture developed by founder Roger Zogolovitch.

The Solidspace DNA exploits volume and light through use of an open plan arranged over split-levels or tessellated sections, creating double-height spaces flooded with natural light. Material selection is also fundamental. Here cast in situ concrete structure brings character to internal spaces through exposed smooth soffits and internal walls and horizontal board-marked concrete exposed on the concrete inner leaf of the brick faced external cavity wall.

The Houseboat in Dorset
Described by the architect as an upturned boat, or the belly of a whale, this house has strong maritime connections. It is built in the grounds of 1930’s modernist property containing a salvaged interior from SS Mauritania, over-looking Poole Harbour. The house is designed as two timber hulls, upturned for shelter and tar-black on the outside. These sit upon a solid base of rough cast in situ concrete, containing the bedrooms. All the concrete, including a three-storey arch that holds up the house, and central stair, is raw in texture, with exposed aggregate, like a weathered sea wall. This project is presented by Mole Architects, within the context of their other residential projects using exposed concrete.

Chaired by Elaine Toogood, The Concrete Centre

Please note that this event is free to attend but booking is essential.

When booking your contact details will be shared with The Concrete Centre for this joint event.

Registration starts at 6pm.

Produced by The Building Centre and The Concrete Centre