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When architect Marco Ortalli was approached to design a home for a couple and their young child in Carugo, in the Italian province of Como, they asked him to use reinforced concrete as the defining finish. It might seem an unusual request for a family’s inner sanctum, but the couple had already seen Ortalli work magic with the material in an earlier project. True to form, he delivered for them a house, Casa ELL, that is resolutely modern, minimal and brutalist — both inside and out — while at the same time enveloping in its coziness.

The family home boasts two distinct facades: one with irregular square windows, the other — under a roof overhang — more restrained.

A 220-square-metre barn-shaped structure,...

A Concrete Home in Italy Reveals Its Many Faces

The material’s multiple personalities shine through in architect Marco Ortalli’s refined Casa Ell in Como, Italy.

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