Architectural Concrete, by definition, is concrete that provides both an aesthetic finish to a building while also serving a structural function. This differs from decorative concrete which typically describes concrete that might enhance the texture and colour of building elements such as concrete flatwork or panelling, but plays no actual role in the structural elements or bones of the building. Architectural concrete is becoming increasingly popular for use in contemporary projects due to this ability to take on almost any texture, colour or form while simultaneously serving a structural function.
From smooth to rough surfaces, and boasting a wide spectrum of hues from icy blues and greys to soft pastels to vivid reds, concrete provides a level of versatility that no other building material can offer. As such, Architectural Concrete is becoming one of the most important means of design in contemporary architecture. With fresh concrete, essentially any shape or finish can be moulded with the help of proper formwork systems. The colours can be manipulated based on what raw material ingredients are present and what manufacturing processes are used.
Architectural concrete is also commonly used to simulate the textures of other popular exterior materials such as wood, brick and stone- which are often more expensive and less durable. Having a skilled architectural concrete specialist create your aesthetic is integral to achieving your desired results. We have seen some amazing work around Toronto by Elite Concrete if you’re looking for a great team to help bring your vision to life. Here are some other inspirational projects that use architectural concrete to create a variety of different aesthetics.
This design incorporates these concrete beams both for structural support as well as to add an industrial visual element to the room
This stunning kitchen/ exterior really showcases the variety of finishes and textures one can create with concrete
A beautiful example of using concrete to mimic stone and wood panelling, creating a rich combination of textures.
This unique (unfinished) winding staircase will serve as both a structural and aesthetic feature. We hope they’re eventually putting a railing on there… 😉
A couple of examples of neat aesthetic finishes you can create using concrete. It can be molded, shaped and carved into any shape or pattern.