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October 12th 2018

Concrete sculpture commemorates the end of World War One

concrete news octoberA concrete cast of a Nissen hut has been installed in a forest to commemorate the end of World War One.

The work by Turner Prize winning artist Rachel Whiteread is based on the buildings used by workers in Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire during the war.

You can watch the incredible from the BBC here.

Christopher Shannon sculpts Vettis faucet from concrete and charcoal

concrete news octoberSculptor Christopher Shannon has reinterpreted Brizo’s Vettis faucet, originally created by industrial designer TJ Eads, using concrete and pure charcoal. limited to a single release of 500, each piece of the new version is handcrafted in Shannon’s studio in Victoria, British Columbia, combining a solid, geometric form with the raw material.

Priced at $2,500 USD, the new version of Vettis employs a sophisticated methodology, developed and tested over four years. Shannon has tinted the faucet’s raw concrete surface with carefully infused pure charcoal, resulting in handcrafted pieces, each with a unique color and texture.

You can read the full article on Christopher Shannon here.

Concrete block guidelines released by CBA

concrete news octoberThe Concrete Block Association (CBA) has launched an online portal to educate the construction industry ab the benefits of concrete block construction.

The portal includes datasheets to support design, supplier choice advice and guidance about the benefits of concrete blocks.

Guidance aimed at the construction industry within the portal represents the start of the CBA’s Modern Masonry Better Built in Blockwork campaign.

It includes guidelines for how to best use various types of concrete blocks, from ultra-lightweight to dense. The CBA claims that all types of concrete block help achieve the highest levels of fabric energy efficiency in the long term, compared to other materials.

You can read New Civil Engineer’s article here.

Dyed concrete walls surround Swiss embassy in Nairobi by Roeoesli Maeder Architekten

concrete news octoberSwiss studio Roeoesli Maeder Architekten has built an embassy for Switzerland in Nairobi, Kenya, as an extension of the dyed concrete boundary wall that surrounds the compound.

The concrete building is built in a prominently wealthy residential area of the Kenyan capital, which is home to numerous nation’s embassies, including the HOK-designed US Embassy. It contains diplomatic and consulate services for the Swiss government.

For more information on the surrounding walls, you can read Dezeen’s article here.

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