Katz's Cradle

Katz's Cradle

Shayna
Apr 21, 2008

We're gonna go out on a limb here and admit that we're a little bit over the industrial warehouse look. We're bored with steel and exposed beams, tired of concrete floors and cool marble. But guess what? Against our better judgment, we've fallen deeply, madly and unabashedly in love with a home made entirely of concrete. Can't really get much more industrial than that, eh? We dare you not to fall in love, too. More photos below the jump.

Architect Gregory Katz designed a group of three townhouses in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa to be built as a showcase for the simplicity, strength and endurance of concrete. We're crazy for the little details that soften up the intensity of cool concrete: the bright yellow cabinetry (selected by the architect's wife, Caryn Katz) that brings life to the neutral setting, the large open expanses of window-walls to let light spill in and the clever use of the material to build "floating shelves" throughout the space.

We love that Mr. Katz has fully embraced the material and used it to its full advantage. The staircase is a marvel of engineering and a perfect example of what can happen when a material is truly and completely used to its full potential.

See more photos and read the full article in the May issue of Dwell or see the online article here.

images: Elsa Young for Dwell, May 2008

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