Concrete Innovations


Technicoloured Concrete:Dazzling Interiors and Creative Concrete Surfaces

5.30pm Exhibition & Coffee
6.15pm Lectures
8pm Drinks Reception

The Crushed Wall, Heartlands, Cornwall
Walter Jack, Walter Jack Studio
'One of the things that interests me as a sculptor is the way in which made things are so much duller than the processes that got them there. Watch glass blowing and you’ll see more beauty there than you’ll ever see in the finished vase! Concrete is not noted for its fluid softness. And yet it is a liquid. We wanted our concrete to tell its own story – to retain the liquidness of its process. We started with a sheet of rubber, some plywood and a concrete mixer in my back garden – and went from there. The final shutter was built in one piece – using a single sheet of rubber 40m long and 4 m high'

New Atrium Building, Frankfurt Oder University , Frankfurt
Principal, Yamaguchi-Essig, Berlin
A large new four storey atrium with a canteen, lecture halls and seminar rooms was added to the University in 2003. The architects, Yamaguchi-Essig of Berlin, working with a team of specialist in concrete repairs and coatings in Germany, developed the idea of dividing the large concrete wall panels of the atrium into coloured swatches to soften and enliven these massive concrete elevations. Working from a palette of pastel colours on drawing paper, they determined the optimum range of earth colour shades and then using a special translucent colour wash system, they added a pigmented colour to the surface of the grey concrete walls , while still retaining the natural look and feel of cast concrete.

House, Little Venice
Sally Mackereth, Wells Mackereth Architects
Although a distinctively modern intervention in this leafy urban conservation area of Westminster, planning permission was granted on the grounds that the design is a stark contrast in architectural form to its traditional neighbours. The quality of the detailing and materials ensures that the building coexists happily in this urban context.

Technical supporting presentations will also be given by Lazenby Contracts, Keim Mineral Paints Ltd and Aggregate Industries
Chaired by David Bennett.

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