Bruce Damonte

Have you ever worked on a concrete powder room? San Francisco-based Schwartz and Architecture designed this unique 27-square-foot bath giving the concrete a lighter look, literally. It was recently recognized by Residential Architect (sister publication to Concrete Construction) in its annual Design Awards. Judges selected 18 projects from nearly 600 entries. According to the project profile:

... Schwartz and Architecture employed a master mason to embed 3/4–inch-thick acrylic planks in the house’s thick, cast-in-place concrete south wall. The acrylic pieces run the full width of the wall and are staggered in a pattern that required careful coordination with the structural reinforcement hidden within. During the day, sunlight creates an active light show inside of the tiny utilitarian room. At night, the flow of light is reversed with a timer-activated fixture in the powder room illuminating the acrylic pieces from within, casting a pattern of horizontal light lines on the exterior wall at the entrance to the house. —Edward Keegan, AIA

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