Concrete oasis hides gardens galore

Single-story house with white concrete walls.Creative
Photo Room, Maria Efthymiou

Plants at every turn

This house in Nicosia, Cyprus, has not one but four gardens, and
all of them are “secret.” The designers at Draftworks
Architecture
use that term loosely—the gardens in this house
are simply enclosed and enveloped by foliage-covered concrete
walls.

Inside, the walls are built from concrete masonry units, while
the wood and metalwork were made by local craftsman. The designers
imbued the hard-edged space with moments of softness thanks to
patches of greenery sunken into the floor, which allow the family
to grow plants indoors before transplanting them outside

View of kitchen and dining area with a patch of indoor garden.Creative
Photo Room, Maria Efthymiou

A master bedroom and a pair of smaller bedrooms flank the
entrance while an open living area, dining ara, and kitchen fill
the space to the back. Doors open onto four walled gardens placed
on various sides of the house. These green spaces are hidden from
view by perforated white-washed concrete walls where just the
slightest hint of vines poke through.

View of living room with built-in bookshelf.Creative
Photo Room, Maria Efthymiou Outdoor area with large opening to the inside and vines growing on concrete walls.Creative
Photo Room, Maria Efthymiou Bedroom featuring concrete masonry unit walls.Creative
Photo Room, Maria Efthymiou Bathroom with white grid tiles and lots of plants.Creative
Photo Room, Maria Efthymiou Outdoor area with concrete walls and shrubs.Creative
Photo Room, Maria Efthymiou

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Concrete oasis hides gardens galore