Graphic Concrete

Graphic Concrete, an innovative product used to create bespoke design on concrete surface. This type of concrete is especially used in industrially-produced facades, floors and walls. The design potential of Graphic Concrete is limitless thus converting boring space into an architectural masterpiece. It is a patented technology which is proven in precast concrete industry and invented by interior architect Samuli Naamanka. Graphic concrete is increasingly being used by architects for both small and large projects.

How it works?

The exposed concrete and fair face together forms the Graphic Concrete. Firstly unique, desired image is printed on the membrane with a surface retarder. The membrane is disposable and very flexible: it can be cut to fit any shape or form and there is no limit to the panel size. Color pigments can be added to the cement and aggregates of different colors can also be used to further enhance a pattern or design. After the printing process, the membrane is sent to the concrete prefabrication company where final process takes place which involves casting of concrete on the membrane and washing away the retarder. Once this is done, the final image is revealed.

Benefits of Graphic Concrete

  • The Graphic Concrete pattern is 100% concrete, which means it is as durable as the concrete itself.
  • Being 100 % concrete, Graphic Concrete is virtually maintenance-free, which saves costs during the whole lifespan of the building. It has nothing to do with the pattern.
  • Graphic Concrete is environmentally friendly. The recyclable membrane does not emit any harmful gases or chemicals. It reduces the use of solvent based materials and dust inconvenience during production.
  • It has no impact on the environmental loading of a building and contributes to overall sustainability.
  • The ready-to-install precast surface needs no additional cladding or field work, so it saves time during construction.

Landmark projects that use graphic concrete

NATIONAL ARCHIVE BY SCHMIDT HAMMER LASSEN ARCHITECTS – DENMARK

The National Archive’s interior is reflected to the exterior. Using graphic concrete, Schmidt Hammer Lassen has created images of floor-sized shelves on the building’s facade.

LES MUREAUX POLICE STATION – FRANCE

The building is topped with a two-storey box, slightly offset from its base, and entirely adorned with an abstract decorative pattern in Graphic Concrete and laser iron engraving.

TANDSTICKAN PARKING HOUSE – SWEDEN

The nature pattern with the help of graphic concrete is used to highlight the contrast between cars/traffic/pollution and nature/animals/fresh air.

LES DOCKS LIBRES – FRANCE

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Blog Written by
Shruti Doshi
Technical Officer – Sanghi Cement & Blogger
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