I have written about concrete inside the home - how it can be used in the kitchen or in the bathroom, and the benefits of having exposed concrete walls or polished concrete flooring. But what concrete is most used for around the world is its architectural use. Concrete is one of the most frequently used building materials. Its usage worldwide, ton for ton, is twice that of steel, wood, plastics, and aluminum combined. Concrete is used to build our schools, our hospitals, leisure centres, bridges, motorways & skyscrapers. It keeps us standing up.
Carry on below for a handful of concrete buildings in this concrete jungle we call our world.
1. The Proper Hotel in Santa Monica demonstrates the beauty of concrete in its curved form.
2. I am in awe with the concrete architecture of Lima's new university. Here, photographer Arnau Rovira Vidal spectacularly captures the building in all it's magnificent glory.
3. VODAPHONE Headquarters via Archdaily.com . The structure of this brutalist building itself is a piece of art.
4. This residential project designed by Mexico City based architect, Hector Barroso demonstrates how concrete can manipulate and make full use of a space. The concrete here is rendered darker, providing warming tones and wanting me to book a stay immediately.
Images via: wallpaper.com
5. The concrete Chempenai House is disguised on on a slope in the affluent suburb of Damansara Heights in Kuala Lumpa. It sits within the forest blending in with the ashy tones of the bark.
6. Christopher Robertson unifies concrete and timber to create 'overlapping blocks', inspired by Japanese architecture. The result is seamless and I want to move to Texas..
7. The Barbican’s performing arts complex was designed by the architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and includes two concert halls. People travel far and wide to visit Europes largest performing arts centre. 'The Barbican Centre's design – a concrete ziggurat – has always been controversial and divides opinion. It was voted "London's ugliest building" in 2003'. I beg to differ...
8. Using red concrete David Chipperfield completes Chapel And Visitor Centre In Hyōgo Prefecture:
There is so many beautiful brutalist buildings that I have merely touched the surface. I feel a part II coming along.