Concrete architecture is often associated with cold, dreary, heartless, foreboding, institutional buildings. This ancient building material, first used by the Romans when used correctly, 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 chiefly 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 world’s 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 for the betterment of architectural design.
Concrete you can mold, you can press into it – 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.
Famous Concrete Structures
Here I am spinning at the Courtyard of the Lions. The Courtyard of the Lions (Spanish: Patio de los Leones – Arabic: بهو السباع) is the main courtyard of the Nasrid dynasty Palace of the Lions, in the heart of the Alhambra, the Moorish citadel formed by a complex of palaces, gardens and forts in…
Tour the iconic Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier – an easy day trip from Paris. I’ve always wanted to see the Villa Savoye designed by Le Corbusier in person, and I finally got the chance. It was well worth the day trip from Paris to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site in person. If you…