The Concrete House sits on a hilltop cul-de-sac in Westbury-on-Trym in NW Bristol. Designed by Amyas Connell of Connell, Ward and Lucas and built in 1934 it is one of the earliest Modernist concrete houses in Britain.
The house is a delicate combination of steel frame and thin concrete with generous areas of Crittall windows. There is a playfulness to features like the glas-clad staircase sitting lightly on the thin curved concrete roof of the porch.
Seeing the house now the big surprise is that much of its interior and the fixtures and fittings have survived and have been maintained. These include a sound system that is available throughout the house as well as a wide range of built in furniture.
For more on this house and the work of Connell Ward and Lucas see Dennis Sharp and Sally Rendel’s book ‘Connell Ward and Lucas. modern movement architects in England 1929-1939. Francis Lincoln. 2008.