Concrete is a material of the moment. Many clients are eager to see concrete used for paving, furniture, even planters. It comes in a range of colours and can either be brought to site pre-fabricated or poured in situ, often a sensible decision given the heavy weight of concrete products.
Another material often mentioned but one which we try to avoid unless it is strictly stipulated by clients is artificial grass or Astroturf. Astroturf provides a good year round surface for children to play on and is favoured by some over paving and rubber mulch.
Here a clever architectural practice based in South London has wittily juxtaposed Astroturf set within patterned concrete paving to create a playful entrance pathway which also functionally acts as a door mat cleaning your shoes as you approach their studio.