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'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

a new film by architectural photographers tarry + perry explores the warmth and light of the brutalist ‘concrete house’, a residence in south east england. located in the town of lewes, the project was heralded as the world’s first fiber reinforced concrete home when it completed in 2020. the concrete’s fiber composition means it does not require reinforced steel bars to strengthen or hold the structure, making it the first concrete building in the world to be built without rebars in the walls.

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry
all images and video © tarry + perry

 

 

‘concrete house’ was designed by RAW architecture workshop for clients adrian and megan corrigall and their young family. a lover of concrete since his youth spent skating around glasgow car parks, adrian corrigall was also influenced by brutalist icons such as the barbican, the national theatre, as well as the work of american architect louis khan. ‘this home is the polar opposite of what you’d expect from a completely concrete structure and foundation,’ says corrigall. ‘it’s warm and inviting, it has beautiful light qualities that shift throughout the day from soft and tonal to almost over-bright brasilia in the full sun, and the acoustics are fantastic.’

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

 

 

shot over two days, the film by tarry + perry exposes the soft side of the concrete monolith, guiding viewers through an open family home full of natural light, mid-century furniture, art, and lush indoor greenery. the photographers set out to document not just the building and grounds but also the family’s experience of living in an entirely concrete home. far from cold, stark and dark, the film highlights the warmth and human liveliness of the space.

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

 

 

‘the house is just so unexpected in every sense,’ explains james tarry of tarry + perry. ‘on approach down a quiet, tree-lined country lane, this modern, sharp thing just suddenly appears. walking toward the house from the drive with no windows visible, you think you’re about to enter a deep dark cave, but again I was surprised how much light and heat there was inside.’

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

 

 

‘filming the concrete house was both fascinating and humbling,’ adds n​eil perry of tarry + perry. ‘we wanted to show that when in the hands of passionate clients, smart designers, and forward-thinking product suppliers, concrete can create beautiful places to live. it’s an incredible building, light and dark in all the right places, comfortable, and the family and kids just bounce around and through it constantly — we really wanted to capture that.’

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although the project was featured on UK television show grand designs in 2018, it wasn’t fully complete until the summer of 2020. ‘when grand designs first documented the build, the house wasn’t finished,’ continues adrian corrigall. ‘many people felt concrete was a poor choice of material, but now that we’ve completed the structure and finished the interiors, we’ve found that there was no better choice for us. james and neil have captured the almost-monastic quality of this space, it’s calm tones and gentle presence. it’s an incredible building to live in, and we feel privileged to call it our home.’

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

'concrete house' by RAW architecture workshop documented by tarry + perry

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: concrete house
location: east sussex, united kingdom
photography + filmmaking: tarry + perry
architect: raw architecture workshop
clients: adrian and megan corrigall
concrete supplier: cemex
interior styling: chapter eight design

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