Concrete is probably the most versatile material in construction. Traditionally, it has been used as a construction material, but for many years it has also been used as a very popular finishing material. Increasingly, concrete is used in architecture not only as an engineering material, but also as a means of artistic expression that allows and implement a specific vision. Architectural concrete, because it is referred to, is a concrete whose surface is visible and has a predetermined aesthetic function, and the material itself has not been deprived of its basic tasks, transferring loads and ensuring the durability of the structure.
Concrete architecture is very popular
Architectural concrete gives the opportunity to obtain a variety of textures, through the appropriate selection of formwork, allows you to create subtle effects and details. We can play with invoices and forms, choosing different thickness of aggregate, coloring it freely, selecting special boarding, sinking in it various fibers, sanding in a million ways.
Nowadays, it is more and more often that objects are made of concrete, especially in large cities, which are not only intended to serve as a utility. They are, as it were, works of art that everyone who sees at least once will admire.
Warsaw is a very big city in which we can find many various examples of often artistic buildings made of concrete. Most often it is not a regular material, and the concrete is additionally reinforced with fiberglass.
The University Library in Warsaw is very popular, among others. It is probably the most beautiful and best designed library in Poland. An amazing place in which concrete, steel and glass combine into a coherent whole. Concrete is ubiquitous, used both as a technical measure, because all structural elements through columns, load-bearing walls, ceilings, staircases, to concrete interior fittings, furniture skeleton, librarian positions, as well as plastic. Importantly, concrete in a constructional and aesthetic role in such a huge accumulation is not overwhelming, but it is a background for colorful covers of books and people’s clothes.