When Sydney-based architect Ian Bennett was briefed by his clients to design the home of their dreams in Sydney’s inner west, the choice of materials was never really in doubt.

“My clients own a concrete formwork company” he offhandedly remarks.

And while that in itself, made the decision pretty obvious, it was one of concrete’s chief characteristics that really got it across the line.

The Challenge

“They wanted a house that was zero maintenance, and concrete is about as low maintenance as you can get,” Bennett says. “It provides structure and finish all-in-one.”

The aptly named, Concrete House inhabits a quiet culde-sac, opposite a park and surrounded by 50’s and 60’s red brick cottages.

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