A concrete treasure chest
South Tyrol’s greatest treasures are hidden behind the dark-gray façade made from “Fibre C” glass-fiber-reinforced concrete elements by Rieder.
Rieder Smart Elements GmbH
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Part of the cultural mission of Rieder is to support designers, artists and architects in their creative endeavours. It fires our inspiration when designers and artists work together with us and our material – fibreC. Through the creative input and the solutions which we develop together with architects and artists, our façade product is also optimized.
The close contact with artists, architects and designers helps to shape the corporate culture of Rieder. The beautiful, discursive creations lend expression to depth, identity and meaning. This is how the Rieder Group sees the relationship of its glassfibre concrete to the things created with it. It is not solely a part of the company’s strategy, when it pursues initiatives such as promoting young talents on the architectural scene, like the students at higher education institutes training as architects - e.g. the Vienna University of Technology or the AA School in London - or such as cooperating with established artists like Peter Sandbichler, Kurt Hofstetter, Franz West or Kram/Weisshaar. The constant ongoing development of fibreC and the diversity of products from the Rieder Group, in parallel with the transfer of expertise between designers and the company - all this helps Rieder to position fibreC glassfibre-concrete, not only as a classic façade; above all, it helps to make the design character of the material truly stand out. This commitment reflects the relationship which Rieder embarks upon, in all its cultural and design projects as an internationally active enterprise: artists bring their creativity, flexibility and their sometimes abstract, analytical thinking into the company’s in-house development department. Counterbalancing this, Rieder presents the artists with the opportunity to let their imagination take them wherever it wishes to.
Concrete with character
Concrete is a natural product and Rieder sees it as such, with all its vital signs and characteristics. Only natural raw materials are used for the production of fibreC to ensure the authenticity of this sustainable product. Lively surfaces with an interplay of colour shades and light cloud effects, rather than dead and clinical surfaces are characteristic of fibreC and appeal to our senses. The structure of fibreC, which is typical for concrete, gives the material an unmistakable, honest character.