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Pictures on Concrete Surfaces
12/27/2010

When making photographic concrete, the patented "GraphicConcrete" technology relies on a surface retarder that is applied to the surface of a special membrane. The photographic foil is positioned in the shuttering and concrete poured over it. The binder retarder causes the concrete to harden at different speeds at various points. As a result, rough and smooth surfaces arise, as do dark/light transitions. Using this method, manufacturers of concrete products can create different types of high-quality, patterned concrete elements and slabs. The result: novel textures, patterns, images and texts, all in an extraordinary quality.

Finnish company GraphicConcrete is the source of this new method of processing concrete surfaces. Architects and designers can choose either patterns from GraphicConcrete's "GCCollection" or develop their own graphics using the custom "GCPro" design software the company makes available. Inventor of the patented technology is the Finnish designer Samuli Naamanka.

www.graphicconcrete.fi

The interior walls of a church covered with many differently patterned concrete slabs by graphic concrete | Photo © grahic concrete
The interior walls of a church covered with many differently patterned concrete slabs by graphic concrete | Photo © grahic concrete
Standard graphics from the collection GEO by graphic concrete
Standard graphics from the collection NATURE
These motifs in the church are custom-made
Standard graphics from the collection GEO by graphic concrete
Standard graphics from the collection MODE

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