The possibilities for concrete as a construction material are wide-ranging. This book reveals the full scope, examining many fascinating examples. In the last ten years, concrete has reemerged as a prime building material and is highly rated amongst architects - in particular the younger generation - because of its sculptural qualities and interesting textures. There have been great advances in the material itself, with many varieties, textures and colours of concrete now being available even types of concrete which can withstand the aging process of the elements as well as natural stone. This book provides a systematic overview of the applications of this building material, providing information on the latest technical advances. A selection of some 25 international projects which are particularly relevant are documented in detail, and will prove a source of inspiration for those active in design and construction industries.
Amongst the projects included are David Chipperfield's Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, Ben van Berkel's Moebius House, Carme Pinos & Enric Miralles' school building in Morella, Axel Schultes' crematorium in Berlin and Sir Norman Foster's Social Science Centre in Oxtord. The author, David Bennett, is a trained civil engineer and practising architect based near London. He is a consultant in the field of concrete building. He has also written many publications on architecture and building.