Brutalism is back. The long-maligned style, with its glorious exposed concrete surfaces, has seen renewed interest across the globe. Perhaps nowhere more-so than in the tropics where concrete was a hallmark of late modernist construction projects. While brutalism may be best-known for obtrusive public developments, these six designs showcase a domestic side of brutalism, conscientiously integrated into natural surroundings with local construction methods.
Owing to tropical climates, pools abound in these eco-brutalist projects, which span the globe from Costa Rica to Bangladesh. Incorporating greenery and plants into brutalist residences, these projects show how a new generation of architects is interpreting the legacy of icons such as Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Louis Khan for smaller private projects across the global south.