The Ghost House by BNP Architects made quite a splash after it debuted in December 2018. Located northwest of London in Warwickshire, England, the brutalist concrete residence quickly won a 2019 award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and was also shortlisted for the 2019 Grand Designs House of the Year Show. It was the home’s uncompromisingly simple palette of materials, as well as its subterranean level hidden by reflection pools along the roof, that captivated the judges.
Inspired by the work of Japanese architect and concrete master Tadao Ando, the home’s owner tasked BNP Architects with creating one of only a few cast-in-place concrete homes in the United Kingdom. The final design occupies the original sunken garden of a demolished country house, creating a partially sunken interior bounded by private courtyards.
The RIBA Award Committee described the design as “challenging the very notion of house,” noting that “the simple palette of concrete and black detailing produces dynamic and brutal spaces.” The committee also commented on the home’s many unique details: “The in situ concrete was carefully cast [to include] all the sockets and light fittings, as well as consider the formwork, and the end result is a startling interior. The careful consideration of sand for the concrete mix gives the finish a surprising warmth.”
Exposed concrete along the interior and exterior walls is contrasted with the exclusive use of matte black steel and glass. Inside, column-free living spaces are accented by recessed lighting strips and illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows. A two-story wall of glass runs the length of the rear facade, with the upper and lower levels connected by a full-width void in the concrete. Offering nearly 5,500 square feet of interior space, the three-bedroom home was recently listed for sale with an asking price of just over $3,000,000. Keep scrolling to see more of the interior.