People often think of concrete as dull grey slabs. However, precast concrete is incredibly versatile, which makes it an ideal material for designing distinguishing features.
With precast concrete, developers, architects and designers can craft sophisticated features or structures using a wide selection of colours, textures and finishes to achieve aesthetically appealing features or buildings without compromising functionality or durability.
N.L Engineered Precast Products Inc. has noticed the growing demand to add visually striking pieces and depth to facades in recent times. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of ways precast concrete can be used to achieve aesthetically appealing features and structures.
Texture, Colour & Finishes
Precast concrete is available in virtually any colour, finish, or texture. Adding colour or texture, as well as using a traditional building material finish, such as brick, granite, tile, or limestone, provides the aesthetic appeal while still providing the durability and strength of precast concrete.
It’s even possible to combine several finishes within the same wall panel with precast concrete and it won’t require multiple trades at a job site. The use of texture, colour and finishes allows designers and architects to create structures that blend in or standout.
Arch Daily’s feature project in Dijon, France with Ateliers O-S Architectes, for instance, was inspired by the surrounding neighbourhood aesthetics. The building is made of textured precast white concrete and the variation of concrete panels and openings form a simple yet sophisticated pattern. This provided the building with a texture and colour similar to the neighbouring surrounding walls.
The project benefited from cost effective and high quality concrete, which allowed the architects the freedom to enhance the buildings with attractive exterior finishing touches.
N.L Engineered Precast Products’ UNBC Health Sciences project in Prince George, BC incorporated architectural features with elements that utilized texture and colour, while still maintaining the durability of precast concrete.
The Versatility of Precast Concrete Inspires Sophisticated Features
The plasticity of precast concrete provides designers with the ability to create eye-catching facades and striking geometric shapes. Precast concrete is among the top favourite materials of many architects who appreciate the limitless options of creating contemporary and cutting-edge designs.
Arch Daily’s feature on projects inspired by concrete demonstrate how innovative, versatile and resilient precast concrete design can be. Precast concrete is unique in that it can be shaped into complex forms and diverse textures including rustic and aged pieces or a colossal boulder atop the mountain to blend in with its surroundings, or stunning columns to stand out.
Similarly, our Arts and Science building at UBCO project in Kelowna, BC incorporated architectural features that were designed to match an adjacent building with similar panels.
Structural Masterpieces Designed with Precast Concrete
Homes and structures inspired by precast concrete are both resilient and striking architectural masterpieces. Dezeen recently featured a villa built among the Finnish Forest with Baltic Sea views for a couple that wished to have their home built from precast concrete elements. The villa was carefully to designed to fit in with its natural surroundings through the use of precast concrete.
Similarly, NLEPP’s Landmark IV & V office building project was exemplified by the use of precast concrete. The use of precast concrete ensured a cost efficient build, and sturdy office buildings.