Typically hidden behind plasterboard, blockwork is a common form of masonry construction that uses chunky concrete blocks to create load-bearing or non-load-bearing walls.
However, many designers from around the world opt to expose the blockwork instead, creating tactile interiors and minimalist backdrops for the owners’ possessions, while also reducing construction costs and times.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provide visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include homes with exposed brickwork, texture-heavy restaurants and dark and moody interiors.
Inside, portions of the blockwork are left uncovered, complemented by white walls and wooden furnishings. In the dining area, it forms a minimalist backdrop for a slender wooden table and a trio of black Wishbone Chairs designed by Hans J Wegner.
Clerestory windows sit on top of the concrete masonry at the Bare House, which Jacobs-Yaniv Architects‘ founders Tamar Jacobs and Oshri Yaniv built for themselves on the coast of Herzlia.
The blockwork is revealed internally to create continuity between inside and outside, where the blocks are also exposed. The material also requires little maintenance.
The pigmented blocks, which also line the exterior of the dwelling, were chosen for being a robust and economical material. They were installed with a matching flush mortar and are married with white-oiled oak detailing and polished concrete floors.
Timber plank cladding offers a counterpoint to the blockwork base of the Catching Sun House, which London architect Studioshaw designed for a hidden infill site in Walthamstow.
The concrete blocks, which are joined with bright white mortar, are exposed both inside and outside the dwelling for an industrial look. They are brightened by white mortar, timber-lined ceilings and colourful furniture including five DSR Side Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames.
Brazilian studio Terra e Tuma revealed the blockwork structure of Villa Matilde, a skinny house designed for an elderly woman living in Sao Paulo.
The masonry blocks enabled the studio to work to a strict budget and build the house quickly. Exposing the blockwork also adds tactility to the interiors, which have been kept deliberately simple with few furnishings to suit the limited mobility of its owner.
Uncovered blockwork features throughout this pair of houses that CODA Bespoke designed for twin brothers on the site of an old corn mill in Sheffield.
The two dwellings have unique layouts but are unified by their industrial aesthetic that was achieved using a material palette of concrete blocks, plywood and steel. While being low maintenance, these materials were chosen as a nod to the site’s industrial heritage.
At House K in Tokyo, Japanese architecture studio TANK used concrete blocks to construct a series of bespoke kitchen and storage units that suit its client’s “brutal taste”.
In other areas of the apartment, the blocks have been used to build low partition walls. In tandem with sheer curtains, these partitions define boundaries between rooms without truncating the space.
A combination of untreated timber and bare concrete masonry characterises this pared-back cottage extension that Nielsen Jenkins designed for an artist and art gallery director in Brisbane.
While the material palette was dictated by the client’s restricted budget, the texture of the blockwork helped to create the extension’s centrepiece – a statement fireplace that rises up through its centre and pierces through the roof.
Dark uncovered blockwork constructed with bright white mortar forms the monolithic lower ground of the Catskills House, a family holiday home in Upstate New York.
Architecture studio J_spy reduced the visual impact of the concrete internally by breaking it up with large windows that frame its bucolic surroundings and introducing bolts of colour with art and furniture.
The main image is of Catching Sun House by James Brittain.
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing home libraries, Shaker-style rooms and stylish plywood interiors.
Grzywinski+Pons Combines Hotel and Co-working in Buckle Street Studios
Buckle Street Studios is a 13-storey building in Aldgate East, featuring 103 rooms, a dedicated co-working space for guests, a coffee shop, meeting rooms and a shop.
Grzywinski+Pons designed the building, the interior and many of the furniture pieces.
The aim was to follow the design-led ethos as Locke’s other hotels, many of which were also designed by Grzywinski+Pons.
While the other Locke hotels are planned with long stays in mind, Buckle Street Studios mainly caters to short-stay guests. Co-working is also a key part of the offer, with separate spaces for working and relaxing provided for guests.
Design details both inside and outside the building respond to the architectural history of the area.
“Being able to design the exterior and interior simultaneously afforded us a great opportunity to capitalise on architectural advantages we created, and curate a truly integrated experience,” said architect Matthew Grzywinski.
While the exterior is more serious in its aesthetic, combining soft grey brickwork with nickel-coated metal panels, there are some playful touches.
The rounded quoins, cornices and window details of neighbouring buildings are subtly referenced in the hotel’s radiused corners, while a section of glass blocks at the very top of the building creates the effect of a lantern.
“We employed dramatic but ordered material shifts throughout the building’s strata to define a pediment and crown,” said Grzywinski.
“This tiered approach allows the building to become more light and transparent as it rises.”
More curves can be found inside the building, where a parabolic arch is used to frame the layout of public spaces on the ground floor and the co-working mezzanine above.
True to the Locke brand identity, the interiors combine soft colours and textural materials to create a cosy but contemporary environment, intended to feel welcoming to those wandering in from the street.
Grzywinski + Pons tailors Leman Locke hotel to make nomadic workers feel at home
In the public ground floor spaces, colourful curtains and joinery details create a living room feel, while tiled flooring and clay plaster offer a more industrial edge.
Rhombic glass vitrines – filled with items for sale – and curved banquettes echo the curves of the structure.
“The space, like the contents of the vitrines, lies at the crossroads of art and commerce,” said Grzywinski.
“Equal parts gallery, lounge, coffee shop, retail concept and living room, the space beckons to the street,” he continued.
“It is our hope that passers-by will feel compelled to come inside to further discern what, exactly, it is, and then feel free to get comfortable and stay a while.”
The rooms include a mix of traditional hotel rooms, micro studios and studio apartments.
The clay plaster walls and wooden floors are contrasted by furnishings and textiles in shades of sage green, grey-blue and pale pink.
Shallow shelves, hanging trays and tiered tables create opportunities for occupants to display their own belongings, to make spaces feel their own.
Rooms are the top of the building benefit from the glass-block walls, while rooms in the corners are shaped by the building’s curved corners.
“We were able to design this room types to accommodate – even celebrate – those curves,” Grzywinski told Dezeen.
“We custom designed most of the furniture, so in those rooms we designed sofas that fit into the corner with a matched radius.”
Locke’s other hotels in London include Leman Locke, which is located across the street from Buckle Street Studios, Locke at Broken Wharf and Bermonds Locke, which was designed emerging studio Holloway Li.
Photography is by Nicholas Worley.
Original Post: dezeen.com
Easy Homemade Goulash
This easy American Goulash recipe is full of hearty ingredients that will warm you from the inside out.
Simple ingredients like ground beef (hamburger meat), canned tomatoes, elbow macaroni, and onions are all cooked in one pot for an easy hearty meal.
American Goulash is not the same thing as goulash in other parts of the world. Like many dishes that have the same name (like dumplings for example) the ingredients and preparation are different.
GROUND BEEF: Ground beef (or hamburger meat) gives this dish its base and adds lots of flavors, Italian sausage can be substituted for the beef for extra flavor.
ELBOW MACARONI: Use whatever pasta is on hand! Elbow, small shells, bowties, or ditalini all work well.
SAUCE: Goulash has a rich zesty tomato sauce! Use your favorite jarred pasta or marinara sauce combined with a can of tomatoes (and juice!). We add water to cook the pasta but you can use beef broth in place.
The sauce is seasoned with tomato paste and Italian Seasoning for an extra boost of flavor.
It’s literally as easy as 1,2,3.
Keep leftover American goulash in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove before serving. Freeze chilled portions in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 4 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
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Goulash is a simple skillet dinner with tomatoes, beef, and macaroni noodles in a zesty tomato sauce. It’s a perfect comfort food on a budget!
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups marinara or tomato-based pasta sauce approx. ½ of a 26 oz jar
1 ¾ cups beef broth or water or as needed
14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juices
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 green bell pepper diced, optional
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 bay leaves 2 if they are small
salt & black pepper to taste
1 ¼ cup elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
½ cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, shredded, optional
Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
Add water, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green peppers (if using), seasonings, & bay leaves. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
Add in the elbow macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).
Remove & discard bay leaves. Top with cheese if using and replace the lid. Let rest about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd (serving sizes can be adjusted in the print screen). For heartier appetites, the meal can be stretched with additional pasta (and water/broth), canned beans or chopped vegetables. (diced zucchini, sliced mushrooms, corn, or additional bell peppers). Any ground meat can be substituted for beef. Start with the amount of broth/water as listed and add extra if needed (depending on pasta shape). The goulash will thicken as it cools and rests. Depending on the size and shape of your pan, you may need to add a little bit more liquid. Keep an eye on the dish as it cooks and add more liquid as needed. The mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Serving: 2cups, Calories: 217, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 562mg, Potassium: 812mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 587IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 4mg
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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Luke McClelland Gives Georgian Apartment in Leith a Modern Update
The ground floor flat, which dates back to the early 19th century, had been rented out for more than a decade before being purchased by its current owner.
The Leith apartment is defined by its use of timber (top image) and terrazzo (above)
As a result, its interiors suffered from a convoluted layout, considerable wear and tear, outdated facilities and several level changes in the floor, which sprung up as the basement of the Georgian building was converted for residential use.
“There was a lack of connectivity between the primary living spaces and a lack of light in the poorly planned kitchen,” McClelland explained. “The property also needed to be fully rewired and re-plumbed.”
The kitchen leads into a dining room with white walls and oak parquet flooring
Despite a restricted budget, McClelland found ways to brighten the apartment and improve how its living spaces are linked together.
Significant alterations were made in the kitchen, where the architect replaced the old cupboards with sleek off-the-shelf cabinets from IKEA.
A portrait by a local artist is centred between two alcoves in the lounge
The muted sage-green hue of the cabinet fronts was chosen to complement the grey terrazzo splashback, which features black, white and reddish flecks.
Natural light floods in through a reinstated window that was previously obstructed by the kitchen counter.
Oak panelling runs underneath the windows and along the chimney breast
A new doorway lined with oak offcuts from the kitchen worktops now leads into the dining area.
Like the rest of the apartment, this space is finished with white-painted walls and oak parquet flooring laid in a chevron pattern.
In the living room, McClelland installed oak-batten panelling beneath the window sills and across the chimney breast to replace the original surrounds, which a former tenant had torn down across the entire apartment save for the bedroom.
The lounge also accommodates a charcoal grey sofa alongside a geometric floor lamp and a few prints, including a striking portrait piece by a local artist.
The apartment’s original panelling is retained in the bedroom
The bathroom was reconfigured so that its curved wall becomes more of a focal point.
Before the renovation works, the wall was partially blocked off by a storage unit, which has now been removed.
A curved wall takes prominence in the bathroom
The walls are covered in a mixture of terracotta-coloured tiles and the same terrazzo that appears in the kitchen.
A tall mirror above the sink emphasises the loftiness of the bathroom, which is the only space in the apartment that went unaffected by the basement conversion.
Surfaces are clad with terrazzo and terracotta-coloured tiles
Elsewhere in Edinburgh, Luke McClelland has previously revamped his own home in the Comely Bank neighbourhood.
As part of the project, the architect carried out a number of changes to the floor plan, converting a disused pantry into a shower room and splitting the former living area into two bedrooms.
The photography is by ZAC and ZAC.
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