4 Examples of Concrete as Sculpture

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 9, 2015
Categories: Art
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I love the design of this German renewable hydroelectric power plant. Its smooth, bright white concrete surface and organic lines create a beautiful industrial sculpture on the riverbank.
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Mixed Use Concrete: The James DeWulf Ping Pong Dining Table

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 8, 2015
Categories: Product Design
Tags: furniture
Designer James DeWulf has become well-known for his innovative work with concrete, but I’d argue that his Ping Pong Dining Table is one of his best pieces.
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Concrete as a Chameleon: The Amangiri Resort in Utah

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 7, 2015
Categories: Architecture, Environmental Design
Tags: architecture
The Amangiri resort in southern Utah is stunning. The entire structure is built using geometric concrete planes which have been mixed with local sand from the surrounding desert.
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Concrete as Texture: David Zwirner 20th Street, by Selldorf Architects

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 6, 2015
Categories: Architecture
Tags: architecture, art
At first glance, you don’t even realize Annabelle Selldorf’s second gallery for David Zwirner is made entirely of concrete.

To achieve this wood-like texture, the design started in the pouring process. They created concrete slabs in board form, blended it with polished concrete, and integrated wood details throughout the entire surface.

I think the texture creates a truly unique juxtaposition between the plain concrete sidewalk outside and the beautiful wood-like concrete façade of the gallery. The wood finish creates a beautiful texture complement to the board-form concrete.
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Concrete as Function: 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, by Herzog & de Meuron

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 5, 2015
Categories: Architecture
Tags: architecture
Parking garages are typically not intended to be beautiful. They provide a specific utility and are purely functional. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron transformed the garage into a fully open concrete structure that provides a unique space for private residences, restaurants, retail shops, events, and, of course, parking.

The asymmetrical design has art deco and mid-century modern influences, and the entire structure blends beautifully into its downtown Miami surroundings. It’s beautiful from any angle, night or day.
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