While having structural function, architectural concrete leaves an essence of beauty and art creating an aesthetic finish. This modern architecture is very popular in demand and requires a lot of work to get that decorative look while making sure all crevices can surpass water and other weather elements. There isn’t another surface lining when designing architectural concrete. The concrete is always exposed. But, using color, texture, pattern and form the possibilities are endless for getting the exact work of art for any building needs. This type of design is mostly seen in museums, bridges, and many more incredible building designs where you are left amazed by the architecture.
Architectural concrete is only able to take form when the correct mold, formwork, is created. There are multiple types of formwork that can be created to obtain the style of design needed. Traditional Formwork can be built out of timber and plywood. But, can also be made from steel, aluminum, and plastic. Formlinging will determine the type of concrete surface. Using proper placement, it is important the interlocking module is sealed tightly and joint free making the building one smooth slab of concrete. This will make sure the concrete can withstand structure to any weather element.
3D concrete is more popular with our modern-day society. It gives a visually stimulating appeal leaving people in disbelief that concrete can be a piece of art. It is important that the formwork is lightweight yet strong enough to hold the concrete. Using variations of formwork to obtain this type, such as using a 3D printer, the concrete has been seen in museums, and commercial buildings.
There are endless possibilities for architectural concrete. Being able to take any form and color imagined, architectural designs are endless. Using multiple designs of formwork, you can obtain different styles and textures throughout the concrete. Most designs are first drawn up before and thoroughly inspected to make sure everything will be placed precisely. Only then will construction begin to design an aesthetic and functional structure.
When it comes to concrete finishes you have a wide variety of ideas. You can have your concrete acid etched either medium or light. Which creates a rough industrial type look of concrete.
Screen printed surface is also an option as any type of design can be printed onto the concrete. Seen in mostly pillars, you can also have an all-white concrete finish. Stenciled exposed finish creates a design that is engraved into the concrete. Polished concrete can also be used as another way of putting any finishing touches, making the concrete shiny and smooth.