Beautiful Modern Concrete Architecture and Using the Design-Build Approach

We’re firm believers in collaboration. Coming together to create and restore buildings is exciting! Every team member can participate in their specialization. The result is often better than when handled by one single firm. With that in mind, we like to keep up with the work in all aspects of our business. Architecture, in particular, takes incredible skill and makes for beautiful art.

This overall strategy, however, is sometimes called “design-build,” an approach we’re very familiar with. Unless otherwise specified, there is generally a lead design-build contractor. This person leads the project. They will assign a timeline to the project and the construction and design teams, in order to overlap their work. This usually promises a quicker build. When teams work together — and make contracts together — projects are almost always more successful. The client gets the work done on-time, and the collaborative approach keeps everyone happy and goals transparent.

We specialize in masonry and concrete work. We avidly keep up with design and architecture, and we love collaborating with these folks to carry out a project. Beyond our own portfolio, we admire what design-build is doing for the industry as a whole — because design is always the first stage. Here, we rounded up some of the most beautiful projects we’ve seen lately.

“Mami House,” Matosinhos, Portugal.

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Photo by João Morgado.
Photo by João Morgado.

José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira designed this home on a very strict budget — it only came to around $109,000 — and it’s gorgeous. Read the full story at Dezeen.

Home on São Miguel Island, Portugal.


Photo by Paulo Goulart.
Photo by Paulo Goulart.


Designed by Portuguese firm Arco Mais. Read more at Curbed.

Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects.

Savièse House Savièse, Switzerland.

Photo by Nicolas Sedlatchek.

Designed by Anako Architecture.

Sheats-Golstein House, Los Angeles.

Photo by Jeff Green/LACMA.
Photo by Tom Ferguson Photography/LACMA.

Designed in 1961 by John Lautner.

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