The Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) is often considered an industrial or common building material. Architects sometimes appreciate the CMU for its purity and simpleness, and like to use it in unexpected ways. It is inexpensive, durable and readily available.
This small house fulfills a tall program for a family of four with efficiency and a thoughtful selection of materials, including a creative CMU pattern. Kariouk Associates designed this house using CMU in an artistic and creative manner by laying it in an offset pinwheel pattern. The pattern creates shadows and texture while still holding a pure and solid modern form and allowing for large storefront windows for viewing the adjacent river valley. The first floor has bedrooms and an informal area, all with radiant concrete flooring. The upper floor has more formal areas with a lighter material pallet of hardwood floors, interior glass railings, and glass doors.