Precast concrete architecture in Central Europe

openaccess, Vol. 541 (9) 2017 / wtorek, 30 października, 2018

(Open Access)

J. Glaesle

DOI: 10.15199/33.2017.09.15

Volume 541; Issue 9
Pages 61-66

Accepted for publication: 25.07.2017 r.

Concrete is now synonymous with high-tech. Concrete technological innovations and developments pave the way for a new exciting future. 3D printing is just one of many keywords in this field. Self-compacting and ultra-high performance concretes promise sculptural and filigree constructions and an architecture that could not be built in the past. Glass fibre and textile reinforced or even translucent concrete open up the range of possibilities that concrete architecture offers the planners nowadays. However, despite all nanotechnology and concrete technology opening up new design freedom for planners, the most wonderful thing about concrete remains its endless versatility in terms of its visual and haptic appearance. And to this purpose no new developments and compositions are needed; the imagination of the planners is sufficient. Each thus has the possibility to create his own individual and unique concrete look.
The presentation takes you on my private and diverse journey through the current precast concrete architecture to be found in Central Europe showing some of the trends and innovations in precast building reflected in objects and products. But keep in mind: it’s just a small selection out of the concrete universe.
Dipl.-Ing. Juergen Glaesle - Concrete Architecture & Design, Köln

Dipl.-Ing. Juergen Glaesle