Form follows force

Minimized use of materials in concrete construction

Solid concrete structures determine our life

Contemporary life just can’t do without concrete buildings and structures. Nothing would be possible without our built environment: living, working, transport, communications, utilities. For many of these applications, non-reinforced or reinforced concrete has turned out to be the best-suited building material. It is easy to produce, comes at a low cost, and is robust and moldable. Concrete buildings with true aesthetic appeal were constructed as early as more than 100 years ago. Yet we all know that, over time, many projects have been implemented...

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