Slide 9: Concrete Blocks House


Kariouk Associates

Industrial concrete blocks were used to create a veneer for the exterior of this family home in Ottawa, Canada. The designers developed the “basket-weave” pattern for the concrete blocks to break down the scale of the looming structure. Because the blocks could not be cut, the dimensions of the house were set based on multiples of the pattern.

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The versatility of concrete allows architects and engineers to be innovative in their home designs. While concrete has been around as a building material since the Romans built the Colosseum, technology has improved its durability and applications, making concrete a popular option for building 21st-century homes. Concrete construction provides a number of advantages over wood-frame, including energy efficiency, noise reduction, and fire and wind resistance. Concrete building materials range from traditional blocks and precast panels to concrete that is cast on-site. Although the initial cost of building a concrete house is marginally higher than wood-frame construction, the long-term energy savings can make building with concrete a prudent choice.

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