Design showcase: Top five uses of concrete

by | 08 Sep 2021 | Design

Celebrating that most maligned of building materials, our new TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive considers five hotels that successfully incorporate attention-grabbing concrete features.

‘Concrete’, from the Latin word ‘concretus’, meaning compact or condensed, is one of the most frequently used materials in construction. It surrounds us more than steel, wood, plastics and aluminum combined. In other words, it’s everywhere.

Cool examples of concrete

We see it at all times (all of the time), but we don’t actually look at it. We’re so used to the material that it’s unusual to stop and think ‘hey, that’s a cool looking piece of concrete’.

However, today we bring to you five projects that incorporate it exceptionally into the design. With great artistry, originality and a desire to escape the norm, these range from sculptural concrete pieces that emerge from the wall itself and walls that seamlessly blend with the ground to massive concrete helical staircases.

Alila Yangshuo

Guilin, China
by Vector Architects and Horizontal Design – Shenzhen

 

Jam Hotel

Brussels
by Olivia Gustot Architectes and Lionel Jadot

 

The Line Austin

Austin
by Michael Hsu Office Of Architecture and Knibb Design

 

Fenix Furano

Furano, Japan
by ALT-254

Imagery: © Aaron Jamieson

Ekies All Senses Resort

Vourvourou, Greece
by Agarch+ Architects

Click here to find more inspiring uses of concrete on TOPHOTELDESIGN.

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by | 08 Sep 2021 | XX Archive Spanish

Para hacer honor al material de construcción más difamado, nuestra nueva exclusiva de TOPHOTELDESIGN destaca cinco hoteles que incorporan con éxito elementos de hormigón que llaman la atención.

El hormigón, de la palabra latina “concretus”, que significa compacto o condensado, es uno de los materiales más utilizados en la construcción. Nos rodea más que el acero, la madera, los plásticos y el aluminio juntos. En otras palabras, está en todas partes.

Buenos ejemplos de hormigón

Lo vemos en todos lados (todo el tiempo), pero no lo miramos realmente. Estamos tan acostumbrados al material que no es habitual pararse a pensar “ey, qué bien puesto está ese hormigón”.

Sin embargo, hoy te traemos cinco proyectos que lo incorporan de forma excepcional al diseño. Con gran arte, originalidad y voluntad de escapar de la norma, van desde piezas escultóricas de hormigón que emergen del propio muro y paredes que se funden a la perfección con el suelo hasta enormes escaleras helicoidales de hormigón.

 

Alila Yangshuo

Guilin, China
por Vector Architects y Horizontal Design – Shenzhen

 

Jam Hotel

Bruselas, Bélgica
por Olivia Gustot Architectes y Lionel Jadot

 

The Line Austin

Austin, EEUU
por Michael Hsu Office Of Architecture y Knibb Design

 

Fenix Furano

Furano, Japón
por ALT-254

Fotografía: © Aaron Jamieson

Ekies All Senses Resort

Vourvourou, Grecia
por Agarch+ Architects

Haz click aquí para encontrar más usos inspiradores del hormigón en TOPHOTELDESIGN.

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