Case Studies

Concrete is the world's most popular construction material. It is used everywhere from houses to multi-storey buildings to infrastructure projects including bridges, tunnels, dams, airports and roads. Concrete buildings can be re-purposed time and time again. These case studies showcase concrete projects from across Australia, highlighting the inherent benefit concrete brings to each project and its core elements. Explore the case studies below by category, name or location. 

Case Studies


McAnally House: concrete shines under the Queensland sun

Posted on 11/08/2023
6 Sydney Street is a high-end residential development in inner-city Melbourne that explores concrete’s versatility to achieve a fluid and sculptural outcome.


6 Sydney Street, Prahran: a curvaceous, contemporary concrete sculpture

Posted on 11/08/2023
6 Sydney Street is a high-end residential development in inner-city Melbourne that explores concrete’s versatility to achieve a fluid and sculptural outcome.


Bilgola Beach House: designed for the best (and worst) nature has to offer

Posted on 29/03/2023
Located on Sydney’s northern beaches, Bilgola Beach House embraces the beauty and convenience of its beachfront location while resisting the vagaries of the coastal environment.


Light Vault House

Posted on 17/01/2023
The owners’ original brief to architect Glen Chamberlain was to recreate a ‘concrete bunker’ - not exactly a form you’d expect to sit well with the residents and planning authorities of this conservative, bayside neighbourhood.


Inner-city concrete dwelling draws deeply from its roots

Posted on 10/01/2023
Brougham Place reflects the owners’ passion for the work of renowned Swiss/French architect, Le Corbusier - famous for his use of concrete – as well as their love of the rough grain of their inner-city locale.


Sensorial Delight by the Sea

Posted on 3/01/2023
A play of geography, geometry and light, the Crescent House is a singular, undulating sculpture that weaves through lush, coastal gardens to reveal enchanting views across Sydney Harbour.


Concrete House much more than meets the eye

Posted on 27/12/2022
A home that is stunningly beautiful as it is comfortable and practical - a statement of contemporary, urban living.


Award winning concrete apartments shine in Sydney

Posted on 20/12/2022
The qualities that make concrete great - it's durability, sustainability, fluidity and raw beauty - are demonstrated to the full in the President Avenue apartments by Candalepas Associates.


Clifftop House Highlights the Finesse of Concrete

Posted on 13/12/2022
It takes a unique site to produce a unique piece of architecture. So says Brisbane architect, Joe Adsett, whose Clifftop House at Teneriffe is nothing if not a one-off.


Camperdown Apartment Goes Back to the Future

Posted on 6/12/2022
The concrete 'bones' of an old car assembly works in inner Sydney have been given new life in a fresh take on adaptive reuse and sustainability.


Bunker House: The Realisation of a Dream

Posted on 29/11/2022
Overlooking Werri Beach in Gerringong on the NSW South Coast, this stunning family home reflects in every way Neil’s absolute respect for concrete.


Concrete gets seal of approval on The Fern

Posted on 22/11/2022
Concrete construction has helped deliver Australia’s first Passivhaus-certified apartment building in the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern.


National Archives new storage facility re-envisions 'the big shed'

Posted on 15/11/2022
National Archives new storage facility re-envisions 'the big shed'. The use of precast panels has helped create a stunning new monument to Australia's past in the nation's capital.


Residents find Common Ground in ACT housing complex

Posted on 8/11/2022
The Common Ground Canberra (CGC) community housing development at Gungahlin is being hailed as a successful new template for addressing homelessness in the nation’s capital.


Students give their eye teeth to study in UQ’s new Oral Health Building

Posted on 1/11/2022
Going to the dentist has never been a more attractive proposition for visitors to the new University of Queensland Oral Health Building.


It's a park amenities block - but not as we know it

Posted on 25/10/2022
The humble suburban amenities block has come a long way from the rectangular brick and concrete 'boxes' of the 1960's and 70's.


Windsor Bridge

Posted on 18/10/2022
When it came time to replace the historic but flood-prone Windsor Bridge, in Sydney's north-west, there was really only one choice in terms of durability and resilience.


Las Palmas House. Contemporary mid-century modernism.

Posted on 7/10/2022
Inspired by mid-20th century modernist architecture out of Palm Springs in California, Las Palmas at Noosa Heads is a nod to the past with an eye on the future.


Vodka Palace: whichever way the mood takes you

Posted on 26/08/2022
'Vodka Palace', recently completed luxury home at Cottesloe in Perth, is something of a chameleon.


Torquay House

Posted on 19/08/2022
The raw, monumental qualities of concrete have been used to define an award-winning new home on Victoria’s Surf Coast, south-west of Melbourne.


Hunter expressway paves the way

Posted on 12/08/2022
Concrete pavements are renowned for their long life and low maintenance and were chosen for a major portion of the Hunter Expressway which is a vital link between Newcastle and the upper Hunter River Region of NSW.


Concrete at the core of SAHMRIs success

Posted on 5/08/2022
Opened at the end of 2013, SAHMRI is South Australia’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute, home to some 600 researchers. The building’s external form rightfully attracts plenty of public attention, but the unsung hero


Apartments set new benchmark for Gold Coast multi-rise

Posted on 29/07/2022
A new residential apartment building is challenging the notion that multi-rise has no place on the beachfront.


Classic Tassie Shack Ticks The Box on Sustainable Living

Posted on 22/07/2022
The ‘no frills’ beach shack is as Tasmanian as apples and Tassie Devils, but a newly constructed weekender at Hawley Beach has given the concept a successful sustainability makeover.


Concrete puts its stamp on Shaw Wines’ success

Posted on 13/07/2022
The cool climate region around Canberra might not be as well-known as other wine-making regions across Australia, but one family in particular is doing its best to change that.


Pretty Beach House Makes a Statement on Sustainable Building

Posted on 9/06/2022
A simple palette of concrete, brick and steel has helped deliver a unique holiday home on an 'unbuildable' site at Pretty Beach, on the NSW Central Coast.


Bowen Place Crossing

Posted on 30/05/2022
An award-winning underpass and shared pathway on the foreshore of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin has taken full advantage of concrete forms and construction methodologies to create an inspiring new landmark in the national capital.


Concrete helps bridge styles in renovated federation home

Posted on 6/05/2022
The challenge of successfully juxtaposing new and old materials and styles has been successfully met on a newly renovated home in Sydney's inner-west.


WestConnex shows why concrete is the first choice for Australia's infrastructure pipeline

Posted on 20/12/2021
In its third and final stage, WestConnex hits a huge construction milestone with 500,300 m3 of concrete used to date. Concrete is unmatched for delivering Sustainable & Futureproof Infrastructure that is strong, resilient and durable.


Off-Form Concrete Leaves its Unique Style on Bellevue Hill Apartment

Posted on 28/09/2021
The sculptural qualities of off-form concrete have delivered a unique façade on a boutique apartment complex in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.


Concrete Providing Solutions to Australia's Aging Timber Bridge Problem

Posted on 15/05/2020
Kempsey Shire Council is well into a program of progressively replacing its 85 timber bridges. The latest and largest to be completed in the current four-year replacement cycle is the $4 mil Turners Flat Bridge.


Recycled glass concrete leaving a sustainable footprint on highway upgrade

Posted on 17/03/2020
Lendlease has joined forces with the NSW Government and a northern NSW council to trial the use of fine aggregates made from recycled glass in the concrete pavement on the Pacific Highway upgrade.


Salmon House revels in concrete and glass form

Posted on 30/01/2020
Situated in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon, the home encapsulates a minimalistic approach to both design and materials; in this example, characterised by the use of a simple palette of predominantly concrete and glass.


MM House an exemplar of meticulous design and concrete craftmanship

Posted on 27/11/2019
We often hear a beautiful example of concrete construction described as ‘a work of art’. But the end result is only ever as good as the artisans in whose hands it’s created – evidence the MM House.



Posted on 30/08/2019
The Northern Connector, Adelaide will be a first for SA. Under construction by Lendlease, it will feature a long life Concrete Pavement. A low maintenance solution with Whole of Life savings of 42% have been forecast.


Concrete creates haven on Mermaid Beach

Posted on 9/05/2019
The durability and permanency of off-form concrete construction has helped a young family achieve its dream of an idyllic beach lifestyle on Queensland’s Gold Coast.


Mosman and V houses take concrete finishes to a new level

Posted on 31/01/2018
The idea of architecture as art is nothing new, but two recently completed homes - one in Brisbane, the other in Sydney - has taken that concept to a new level.


Camberwell’s concrete casa scores tops with Australia by Design judges

Posted on 1/08/2017
A concrete house has just been voted the top Architectural Statement of Victoria for the year in the new Channel Ten series, Australia By Design.


Toorak home goes natural with concrete finishes

Posted on 6/04/2017
The use of concrete as a feature, has created a distinctly natural aesthetic for an award-winning home in Melbourne's Toorak.


Sculpted concrete defines awarding-winning Melbourne home

Posted on 13/02/2017
A client’s brief to feature concrete in his new home has been resolved in a stunning expression of urban living in bayside Melbourne.


Concrete - The foundation for our urban landscape

Posted on 2/12/2016
Concrete offers a superb canvas for the building of durable, functional and attractive urban landscapes.


Concrete used to create sculptural home by the sea

Posted on 9/11/2016
Concrete has been used with artistic flair to create a sculptural dream home in North Bondi, Sydney.


Multi-residential concrete walling at Mascot Central

Posted on 6/11/2016
The construction of urban multi-residential apartments demands reliable, robust and durable construction materials and concrete is proving its value and worth in both basement and perimeter walling at Meriton’s construction site at Mascot Central.


Concrete walls find solution for city block

Posted on 12/09/2016
As Australian cities expand, reconstruction on small inner city blocks becomes increasingly demanding and challenging, and concrete walls are solving the problem.


Concrete comfort

Posted on 6/09/2016
A comfortable haven built in Chandler, Queensland demonstrates the ability of concrete to naturally control extreme temperatures. Built of concrete external walls and floors the house is cool in summer and warm in winter providing year round comfort.


Panel Homes concrete system a 10-day wonder

Posted on 25/07/2016
From site preparation to lock-up in just 10 days – that’s the story of a recently completed precast concrete panel home in the NSW Hunter Valley. The display home at Huntlee is a showcase of speedy and quality housing construction.


Concrete Airport Runways

Posted on 20/07/2016
As Badgerys Creek Airport in Sydney moves closer to a reality the selection of concrete for the runways provides outstanding benefits.


ICFs deliver the sounds of silence

Posted on 30/05/2016
The thermal and sound-proofing qualities of external walling made from Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) has delivered a Queensland family a comfortable and quiet new residence in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs.


Concrete mastery in the city

Posted on 23/05/2016
A multi-residential building has breathed life into the inner city suburb of Surry Hills, Sydney. The project is a concrete masterpiece by Architect Angelo Candalepas utilising three different forms of concrete walling to create a residential haven.


Housing affordability concrete delivers

Posted on 31/03/2016
Concrete is improving housing affordability in Australian metropolitan areas by reducing the unit building cost of homes through innovative construction methods.


Beat the heat with concrete

Posted on 29/03/2016
In the western suburbs of Sydney summers can be uncomfortably hot and one resident has found a novel way to beat the heat.


New concrete runway in New York

Posted on 18/11/2015
John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York is the busiest airport in the United States of America. A recent upgrade of its runways saw the old asphalt runway replaced with a new concrete runway.


Concrete makes it work - Sydney Metro Northwest

Posted on 24/09/2015
Sydney Metro Northwest is revolutionising public transport in Australia and concrete is making it happen.


Concrete walling - the key to success

Posted on 27/07/2015
Concrete walling is the key to successful multi-residential construction. This experience has been clearly demonstrated at Macquarie Park in Sydney by Toga Developments.


Fast walling solutions for narrow block

Posted on 1/06/2015
Building in metropolitan urban areas presents many challenges to builders.Concrete provides an excellent and practical solution to these challenges.


Luxury lake house

Posted on 27/02/2015
A new revolution in house construction is seeing quality designer homes delivered to new owners in record time. A modern home near Lake Macquarie is nearing completion after only nine weeks construction.


Home in the trees

Posted on 27/02/2015
Building a new family home can provide financial and emotional security for households and typically represents their largest lifetime investment. Not surprisingly, builders are seeking strong and durable construction solutions.


Construction of a concrete haven

Posted on 12/02/2015
An insight to progress during construction of this Melbourne home shows why concrete is the material of choice. Featuring precast and in situ walls, contrasting colours and functional floors.


Concrete crafts an energy-efficient home

Posted on 4/02/2015
A concrete house has won the 2014 UK Greenbuild Awards Domestic Newbuild category, which honors the country’s best sustainable products and projects in the building industry.