Concrete Weekly No.7

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This time I decided to be a little more specific, and chose a topic from my very favourites. Today we will talk about patterns. Because seriously, who doesn’t love patterns?

Another week passed, and I am back with your weekly dose of concrete: Concrete Weekly No. 7. This time I decided to be a little more specific, and chose a topic from my very favourites. Today we will talk about patterns. Because seriously, who doesn’t love patterns?

Okay, I’ll tell you who DOES love pattern: the architects. I strongly suspect that many of them are constantly sad about the fact that they didn’t become graphic designers instead, so they keep on designing artistic facades to make up for the loss. And we love them for that.

For example the Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, who designed a museum in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The La Tallera Siqueiros Museum features a triangle patterned concrete screen facade and geometrical 3D shapes instead of cubes. But at night, the outside patterns gives way to a new kind of pattern: the inner facade with windows and courtyards.

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Talking about pattern-loving architects: I happen to know some guys who are just crazy about them. Archi-Union Architects, the Shanghai-based design firm turned a warehouse into a cool office featuring an impressive concrete facade using only one element. I especially love the way they explain their methods: “Archi-Union has managed to introduce a design style that is an amalgam of the global trends and the local traditional architectural approach. From this stems the low-tech digital fabrication method ‘Digital Tectonics’ which merges the concepts of tectonic construction and ecology that are catalyzed through a parametric design process, in essence combining digital technology and craftsmanship.”

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And finally I would like to give you a classic from 1974. You would never guess in which country it is, you would probably even miss the continent. So what is your guess?

Stadthalle

Believe it or not, this extraordinary concrete facade is an everyday sight for the residents of Chemnitz, Germany. Their city hall was designed by the architect Rudolf Weißer, and the facade is not the only part with a twist. A triangle pattern dominates the ceiling structure inside, designed by Hubert Schiefelbein.

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The overall design of the building is clean and smart, which makes the Stadthalle an important part of the so-called “most modernist German city”, Chemnitz.

Have a nice weekend you all, see you next week!

PS: Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the patterns.

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