Curves and Creativity

Contemporary visual concrete using innovative techniques

Outstanding international projects with cutting edge expertise come together in the next Concrete Elegance. The session combines architects, engineers, developers and designers to share innovative ideas on contemporary concrete design.


Danai Sage, Heatherwick Studio

Jason Flanagan, Director, Flanagan Lawrence

Andrew Weir, Expedition Engineering                                

Geoff Morrow, StructureMode                                           

Case studies:

Nanyang Learning Hub, Singapore – Patterned and textured, in-situ and precast concrete

The twelve oval towers of this new building for Nanyang Technological University create a distinctive landmark, rising eight storeys high and seemingly full of curves inside and out and heavily embellished with pattern and texture. Adjustable moulds were used to precast the 10 different radiuses of its concrete cladding panels. A combination of form-liners and surface retardants were used to make stripes in the concrete’s surface that emphasise the rounded shape.  Internally the cast in situ floor plates ripple around a central atrium with moulded columns and stair cores.

Acoustic Shells – Sprayed Concrete

"The two shells appear as distinctive white land forms emerging from the grass along the seafront. They echo the visually striking forms of the local sand dunes." J. Flanagan

The Acoustic Shells were conceived as an organic, contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional Victorian bandstand and the structures form part of the civic rejuvenation of Littlehampton seafront. The shell structures have been created without using formwork, instead the concrete was sprayed directly onto the reinforcement mesh. The majority of the concrete shell is only 100mm thick, relying on the double curved geometry.

The Project was awarded Architects Journal Small Projects Special Prize 2015.

Bomnong L’or school, Cambodia – Fabric Formwork

This new build school, from Scottish charity Orkidstudio, was constructed in just eight weeks under challenging weather conditions. The project was delivered in close collaboration with the local community and the reusable moulds for the fabric formwork used local seam-stressing skills. The simplicity of the structure belies the considerable structural ingenuity and experimentation that took place at the design stage to facilitate this materially efficient, low-tech construction method and ensured that the project succeeded on site, with the creation of such unconventional concrete forms.

Chaired by Elaine Toogood

Produced by The Building Centre and The Concrete Centre

Registration from 6.15pm. 

Please note that this event is free to attend but booking is essential. Your contact details will be shared with the Concrete Centre.