"Concrete is a true structural material that represents its own time. When constructed and maintained properly, nothing can surpass concrete".
Tadao Ando, Architect
Concrete as a building material has been around for a very long time. In Yugoslavia, some has been identified which is thought to be over 7000 years old. It is present in the pyramids at Gizeh and the Romans used it in the Pantheon and in aqueducts in France, where it is still performing well. The earliest surviving Australian examples date from the 1860s and ’70s.
Concrete today is an indispensable part of the fabric of modern society, used for everything from mundane road pavements and high rise building structures to the more exotic such as ferro-cement yacht hulls. Despite its long history of use, our understanding of the material has only really developed in very recent times, particularly with respect to its durability, and practices which were commonplace only twenty years ago would now be unthinkable.
Projects section brings to you some examples where concrete is the luminary and without concrete some of these beautiful and innovative works of contemporary architecture would have been inconceivable.