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The Concrete Centre to curate a window display of concrete in London

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Rodic Davidson Architects is to host a collection of concrete in a window exhibition in central London. The Concrete Centre has been given the opportunity to curate the display, which is entitled #thisisconcrete. The display illustrates the different visual properties of concrete, including black, white, and textured concrete.

The Concrete Centre has stated that much of the recent evolution and innovation in concrete relates to the mix itself, such as low-carbon concrete. However, these developments may not have been visually interesting. Therefore, the centre decided on a simple structural display, benefitting its position in the window of an architectural studio.

The pieces range from architectural precast and coloured concrete, lightweight concrete and samples that glow in the dark, to a concrete surface infused with linen. The examples shown in the display represent concrete that is currently used in construction, as well as new forms and innovative processes, demonstrating the continuing evolution of concrete to meet contemporary needs.

Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect at The Concrete Centre, has expressed her hope that the showcase of different types of concrete might change people’s perception of what concrete can be. “Concrete is most certainly a 21st Century material with a huge range of benefits and a wide scale of uses,” said Toogood. “And yet it has been used in construction for thousands of years. There is such an enormous diversity of shape, form, and texture possible with contemporary concrete that it was quite a challenge to choose what examples to display. We could have filled the whole street!”

The Concrete Centre is part of the Mineral Products Association, the trade association for aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar, and silica sand industries.

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