By David Bennett
A survey of the very most modern advancements in precast concrete expertise and development perform, together with distinctive documentation of 24 encouraged initiatives.
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A few basic earth colours of iron oxides and copper sulphides are available. Surfaces can be treated with commercial sealant to avoid dirt and unwanted graffiti to penetrate into the micro-pores of the concrete. Chemical staining is something one has to experiment with by trial and error, because very much of the result is dependent on the absorbency of the surface of the concrete and its pore structure. The material cost of chemical stain is very minimal, but labour cost is the one which has the major effect, and it can add more to the cost than a standard pigmented concrete.
Other sizes were designed to suit the classrooms, the teachers study, the library, recreation rooms and administrative offices. The wall panels filled in the spaces; they were not a uniform length. The panel colour scheme was fixed once the jigsaw was in place. Where the two colourful wing walls meet the glass curtain wall of the central building (where the light-filled atrium is placed), the reflections in the glass become an illusory delight. The central building melts away and has no presence, the two side buildings continue on and on, the Japanese style garden courtyard and the open texture concrete panels and grass carry through to the fields and playground that are reflected behind.
A soft pastel terracotta brick was chosen for the brickwork bands that alternate with ribbed precast surface finish. Timbers came in a natural wood finish, but the exposed steel work of the balconies to the rear elevations were painted black. The grey etched finish of the precast panels was a special mix of the precast producer which had small black aggregates giving an attractive peppered surface appearance. The exterior panels are a sandwich-construction which is typical of most Scandinavian buildings.