CON­CRETE

Element - - Architects -

The House for Five is clad in a rain screen of white ce­ment panels with a com­bi­na­tion of fixed and move­able screens. Naish is frank about the sus­tain­abil­ity quo­tient of the con­crete panels, which give the house a façade of Mediter­ranean bright­ness. It’s true, he says, “con­crete is per­haps not the most sus­tain­able of ma­te­ri­als in terms of its man­u­fac­ture”. On the other hand, the façade gets sus­tain­able points be­cause it is durable, does not have to be painted and is rel­a­tively easy to main­tain.

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