Concrete architecture is often associated with cold, dreary, heartless, foreboding, institutional buildings. This ancient building material, first used by the Romans, when used right can appear to be lighter than air. Concrete buildings can welcome you to experience spaces in new ways. No other building material fuses form and function, with sculpture like qualities.
Buildings that are cheifly constructed with concrete can be transformed into much more than just depressing factory buildings, warehouses or formed blocks used as housing foundations. In the right hands, the material has been used to create some of the worlds most amazing and iconic structures. Here are a few concrete buildings from the Salk Institute in California to the Los Manantiales Restaurant in Mexico. These are just a few examples of how concrete has been used to the betterment of architecture design.
Concrete you can mold, you can press it into – after all, you haven’t any straight lines in your body. Why should we have straight lines in our architecture? You’d be surprised when you go into a room that has no straight line – how marvelous it is that you can feel the walls talking back to you, as it were.