3 Dec 2018
This winter Rodić Davidson Architects is hosting a collection of concrete in its window exhibition in central London. The Concrete Centre is delighted to have been given the opportunity to curate this display, entitled #thisisconcrete, which illustrates different visual properties of concrete including black, white and textured concrete.
Elaine Toogood, senior architect at The Concrete Centre, who is leading the project, explains this showcase of different types of concrete and her hopes that it might challenge some people’s perception of what concrete can be: ‘Concrete is most certainly a 21st century material with a huge range of benefits and a wide scale of uses,’ explains Elaine. ‘And yet it has been in used in construction for thousands of years.
There is such an enormous diversity of shape, form and texture possible with contemporary concrete that is was quite a challenge to choose what examples to display. We could have filled a whole street!’
Of course much of the recent evolution and innovation in concrete relates to the mix itself, but these developments (such as low-carbon concrete) may not have been as visually interesting. We decided on a simple sculptural display, befitting its position in the window of an architectural studio.
The pieces range from architectural precast and coloured concrete, lightweight concrete and samples that glow in the dark, as well as a concrete surface infused with linen. The examples shown represent concrete currently used in construction as well as new forms and innovative processes, demonstrating the continuing evolution of concrete to meet contemporary needs.
The Concrete Centre wish to thank Cornish Concrete Products, Chryso, Cemex, Lanxess, Techrete, Ruth Morrow and Trish Belford for providing the concrete on show and of course Rodić Davidson Architects for the opportunity.
Rodić Davidson Architects, 1 Pied Bull Yard, London, WC1A 2AE
Ending February 2019
CQ - Winter 2018
See our latest copy of CQ Winter which features an article of coloured concrete.
BACK TO BLACK AND WHITE: How to push concrete to the extremes of colour