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November 16th 2018

Nike’s rippled glass New York flagship aims to disrupt “concrete canyon”

concrete news novemberNike’s swoosh symbol and airbag technology informed the bubbly, slumped glass facade that encases the sports brand’s new flagship store in New York City.

The design team at Nike transformed a 68,000-square-foot (6317-square-mere) building at 650 5th Avenue, on the corner of 52nd Street, into the store called Nike House of Innovation 000.

The American brand closed its main NikeTown outpost in Midtown to focus on the new store, for which it seized the chance to experiment with its architectural style, according to Andy Thaemert – senior creative director of global store design at Nike.

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Puzzle Ball Theatre will be covered in geometric interlocking concrete panels

concrete news november

Steven Chilton Architects has designed a domed theatre in Guangzhou, China, that will resemble an intricately carved ivory puzzle ball.

The 2,000-seat theatre’s entrances will be surrounded by layers of offset circular openings, getting smaller and smaller until the exterior meets the interior.

The full article can be found here.

Villa-VR Is A Celebration Of Concrete Brutalism

concrete news novemberBuilt into a steep mountainside in Lebanon, Villa-VR is a brutalist tour de force. For this spectacular residence, Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates have pushed concrete to the very limits of what is technically possible, with breathtaking results.

Concrete is used for the entire structure, left bare and untreated within, shuttering still visible in the classic brutalist fashion. This is no sharp edged design, however. Concrete ceilings undulate like ocean waves over the occupants. The architects say that the “pre-stressed white concrete … is taken to the limit of its flexibility”, making Villa-VR a structural pioneer.

Read the full article from Opumo here.

Robotically fabricated concrete façade mullions installed in DFAB House

To celebrateconstruction news november the installation of the concrete façade mullions digitally fabricated using Smart Dynamic Casting in the DFAB House, we have released a new extended video showing the entire process from start to finish.

Smart Dynamic Casting (SDC) is a continuous robotic slip-forming process that enables the prefabrication of material-optimised load-bearing concrete structures using a formwork significantly smaller than the structure produced. Read more about the project on the DFAB House website.

For more information on robotically-fabricated concrete, read the full article here.

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