Hi-Con Staircases The Hi-Con Staircases exploit the unique mechanical and aesthetic qualities of high performance concrete. High performance concrete is a new generation of steel reinforced concrete, which allows very slender and minimalistic stair
With its minarets gracing the skyline of Midrand in Gauteng, South Africa, the Nizamiye Masjid, as the Turkish mosque is known, is the largest such building and also the only true example of Ottoman architecture in the southern hemisphere. When pouring the concrete for the main dome, 32m high and 24m wide, the largest mobile pump in South Africa at the time completed a 20-hour non-stop pour. Taken from ‘Nizamiye Masjid (Turkish mosque) – construction of a unique kind’.
During the past 15 years a huge, largely unnoticed revolution has happened in the US$1.4 trillion global concrete industry. In the ten years to 2010, the Chinese market went from less than seven times the US market to 28 times larger. More cement was used in China in the three years to 2011 than was used in the USA throughout the whole of the 20th century. Taken from ‘Shining a light on China – leader in world concrete’, by Martin Clarke OBE, ClarkeConsult.
LUCEM's light-transmitting concrete finds its first Berlin application at the Prenzlauer Berg development by Wolf Architekten. Current lighting technology allows the street-level façade to change colors on demand.
Insulated concrete formwork (ICF) was the chosen building envelope method for the construction of an English inspired, cathedral-sized church in Tallahassee, Florida as it solved structural, thermal, and acoustical concerns in one product. Taken from ‘English-inspired church built in ICF’, by Jean-Marc Bouvier, Nudura, Sussex, UK.
TailorCrete is a four-year-long collaborative EU-funded research project aimed at integrating robotics and automation processes into the concrete construction industry. The mission is to enable the cost-effective construction of complex concrete forms. The TailorCrete project aims to transform the European construction sector from a material-driven industry to a knowledge-driven one.
Thanks in part to the invention of the elevator by Elisha Otis in 1852, the ability to construct buildings higher and higher became more possible. Without Otis’s innovation over a century and a half ago, the rise in popularity for tall structures may have been delayed. The innovation was inevitable, but the reality brought about an evolution in construction. Taken from ‘High-rises – the importance of a solid foundation’, by Gary Penk, Kryton International, London, UK.
A new skyscraper is currently under construction in the heart of New York. 432 Park Avenue will become the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. Construction began in September 2011 and is scheduled for completion in 2016. Building contractor Roger & Sons Concrete used Doka’s formwork technology expertise for the building core as well as the façade of the high-rise project. Taken from ‘High above the clouds’, by Wolfgang Pessl, Doka, Amstetten, Austria.
Flooring contractors working on the new Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum used a self-levelling floor topping, without added pigments or stains to provide a natural look. Taken from ‘In the Navy’, by Matt Sambol, CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation, Cypress, CA, USA.
Earlier this month, artist Jason deCaires Taylor installed this stunning underwater sculpture of Bahamian girl carrying the weight of the ocean in Nassau, Bahamas. An 18 Foot, 60 Ton Girl Holds Up The Ocean In The World's Largest Ev