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Béton Brut Bathrooms: The Beauty of Concrete in Intimate Spaces

04:00 - 15 April, 2019
Béton Brut Bathrooms: The Beauty of Concrete in Intimate Spaces, © Roland Halbe
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Why use concrete in bathrooms?

Béton brut or "raw concrete" is a naturally porous material that provides many advantages for the design and build of a bathroom. As a waterproof and pressure-resistant material, it is easy to clean, doesn't deteriorate, prevents bathroom fungus and is low maintenance. Attractive as it is functional, concrete is versatile for both on-site furniture and wall coatings, floors and even shower trays. In addition, due to its thermal mass, concrete is an excellent material for floor heating.

Pro Tip: There are a variety of concrete finishes, but for the safety of daily bathroom users, you must add a surface sealer and a certain percentage of traction to avoid slippage.

Below, we've compiled 26 concrete bathrooms that find intimacy in béton brut.

30 Open Bathrooms: Incorporating Breeze and Nature in Private Space

10:00 - 16 March, 2019
30 Open Bathrooms: Incorporating Breeze and Nature in Private Space, Forest View House / Sinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image © Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Forest View House / Sinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image © Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

The private space is usually associated with hiding what goes on inside, allowing people to have certain moments of intimacy. Habitually, bathrooms have been designed for this purpose, reducing openings to a minimum or — sometimes — eliminating them completely.

However, being such an important space within a building, bathrooms have become an object of new exploration for architects. By blurring the limits of privacy — without losing it completely — these spaces are open to the outdoors, allowing the breeze to enter. How does this new experience feel? Check out 30 open bathrooms that play with the feeling of exhibitionism, without fully revealing what is happening inside.

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Cest La Vie / Atelier Design N Domain

00:00 - 11 July, 2017
Cest La Vie / Atelier Design N Domain, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy Memorial / Mindspace

22:00 - 28 March, 2017
Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy Memorial / Mindspace, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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Deolali House / SPASM Design Architects

20:00 - 19 May, 2015
Deolali House / SPASM Design Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Deolali, India
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Sangeeta Merchant, Mansoor Kudalkar,Gauri Satam,Denver Periara,Divyesh Kargathra Sanjeev Panjabi
  • Area

    454.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Urbane House / Hiren Patel Architects

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
The Urbane House / Hiren Patel Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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House on a Stream / Architecture BRIO

01:00 - 16 November, 2013
House on a Stream / Architecture BRIO, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Alibaugh, India
  • Category

  • Design

    Robert Verrijt, Shefali Balwani
  • Structural Design

    Vijay K. Patil & Associates
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The House Cast in Liquid Stone / SPASM Design Architects

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
The House Cast in Liquid Stone  / SPASM Design Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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PA_House / Atelier Design N Domain

00:00 - 9 June, 2013
© Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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The Brick House / Hiren Patel Architects

01:00 - 9 April, 2013
© Sebastian Zachariah
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The Frill House / Hiren Patel Architects

00:00 - 22 January, 2013
The Frill House / Hiren Patel Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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House in the Himalayas / Rajiv Saini

00:00 - 19 November, 2012
House in the Himalayas / Rajiv Saini, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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The Green House / Hiren Patel Architects

01:00 - 12 November, 2012
The Green House / Hiren Patel Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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The Courtyard House / Hiren Patel Architects

01:00 - 9 November, 2012
The Courtyard House / Hiren Patel Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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The Brick Kiln House / SPASM Design Architects

00:00 - 8 February, 2012
The Brick Kiln House / SPASM Design Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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Rishikesh House / Rajiv Saini

01:00 - 22 September, 2011
Rishikesh House / Rajiv Saini, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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Dinesh Mills Bungalow / Atelier Design N Domain

00:00 - 21 July, 2011
Dinesh Mills Bungalow / Atelier Design N Domain, © Sebastian Zachariah
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Khadakvasla House / SPASM Design Architects

00:00 - 7 January, 2011
Khadakvasla House / SPASM Design Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Pune, India
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Sangeeta Merchant, Mangesh Jadhav, Mansoor Kudalkar, Sanjeev Panjabi
  • Engineers

    Mr. Purandare (structural), Mr. Kudale (plumbing), Mr. Adi Dhanboora (project management)
  • Contractors

    Impex Engineers, Suvidha Enterprises
  • Area

    820.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs