The art of precast concrete: colour texture expression by David Bennett

By David Bennett

A survey of the very newest advancements in precast concrete expertise and development perform, together with unique documentation of 24 encouraged initiatives.

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This was a concept that we had been developing on other projects but this is the first time it has been tried on such a scale. The inner load-bearing element of the sandwich panel was cast as grey and given a paint finish. We planned the storey-high windows openings based on four window frame sizes and then spread them in a random arrangement along each floor and over the entire elevation. We saved a lot of money on the façade because the openings where not priced. The savings we made we spent enhancing the window 34 Sketch elevation Storey-high panels and window openings 35 design so that you could not tell the difference in frame thickness from those that opened and those that were fixed.

Part of the surrounding forest has been cleared to create open views, brightness and recreational opportunities. The trees have been thinned out to form areas distinctively dominated by pine or birch. The surrounding yards are planted mainly with forest vegetation and paved with slabs, cobbles and granite paving stones. Science, art and nature are living side by side in harmony. Auditorium interior Precast Concrete Ilkka Kangas, Rajaville Precast Company All the façade panels were fully detailed and engineered for precast fabrication.

The crisply designed surface of the exterior concrete panels, the expansive lobby with its hanging gardens on the first floor balcony, the elegant canopied walkway with its slanted steel supports, and the polished terrazzo finish to the lower wall panels in the midday sun did not disappoint. It reaffirms one’s faith in the refinement and subtle beauty of a manmade rock, whose workmanship was beyond compare – yet this was nothing special according to the local precast producer. Architectural Statement Hanna Pitkanen All the buildings of Oulu University in Linnanmaa campus area were designed by our practice.

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