Concrete Elegance in Partnership with The Concrete Centre


Concrete Elegance: Contemporary Landscape and Concrete Architecture - Angular Forms and Oyster Shell AggregatesSpeakers: Borja Ferrater, Carlos Ferrater Architects, Barcelona and Liza Fior, MUF Architects

Borja Ferrater will talk about the Barcelona Botanic Gardens. Here the juxtaposition of vertical corten steel panels and terraces of zigzag pathways, drainage channels and retaining walls in concrete emphasise the angularity of the site and grid-like arrangements of the planting. The concrete has been detailed as a sharply angled material that is cut, sliced and propped into the landscape.

Liza Fior will be presenting on the Museum Pavilion, St Albans. The building is designed to make the connection between the mosaic floor and other remains of this ancient Roman city beneath the grass, the surrounding parkland and town of St Albans. The concrete façade uses oyster shell aggregate and the surface has shell motifs to reintroduce a Roman building material into the construction. The tilted mirror soffit gives glimpses of the mosaic floor inside the building while the green roof relates the structure to the surrounding park.