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Can precast be inspirational and beautiful?

Precast housing reference

Apartment building with a graphic concrete facade in Espoo, Finland. Construction year: 2013.

This question we are often asked. Our answer is definitely yes! I’m glad to notice that this thought is more and more widely accepted and also applied around the world.

Since the late 1990s Graphic Concrete  has been working with projects ranging from industrial buildings to schools, hospitals and commercial and residential buildings.

Industrial precast building

H.A.N.S., Industrial Precast Building, Czech Republic. Construction year: 2009.

Our core idea is to create premium precast concrete surfaces and that way inspire people in their everyday environments. Preferences vary from a region to region. When Southern European and Arabian consumers prefer strong and clear ornaments on their building surfaces, Northern Europeans are more into non-figurative patterns and textures. One of the top surfaces has lately been nature in its various representations.

Graphic concrete

Example of an ornament as a graphic concrete surface figure.

We call these surfaces graphic concrete – according to our patented technology. We offer a real industrial and cost efficient product for large-scale surfaces, which can also be visually creative.

Precast slabs

Sample slabs with graphic concrete surfaces

Today the technology is a proven concept within the prefabrication concrete industry. Versatile buildings demonstrate the vast range of graphic concrete applications in e.g. facades, walls and pavement slabs. All these are possible without compromising the uniqueness of a building and the vision of an architect.

Industrial precast building

Industrial precast building: KV Tändtickan, Göteborg, Sweden. Construction year: 2013.

One important point is, that graphic concrete is not an additional cost. Every precast concrete facade or wall has always a surface. So it is more a choice between inspirational and monotonic surface than anything else.

Harri Lanning, Managing Director, Graphic Concrete Ltd

Precast concrete – mirror of the times

What comes to your mind, when you hear the word precast? Massive housing projects in Russia, charming Caribbean villas or maybe the tallest man-made structure of Burj Khalifa in United Arab Emirates?

All three constructions – even so different – represent the society they serve. They are born from the visions and needs of local people,  politicians and businesses. They are realized by international financiers, architects, builders and manufacturers. They are evaluated by future generations, most likely with laugh and surprise.

Precast buldings worldwide by YIT
Precast was developed in Scandinavia, Northern Europe, already in the 1950s. Since that, we at Elematic have been lucky and determinded to develop smart manufacturing solutions for precast products. Nowadays, wide variety of walls and floors are available for the building needs of changing societies. Precast is the most common building material in the world.

This blog is created to better listen and interact with all interested in precast concrete. Through this blog we share our experiences and reflect precast insights. We want to strech our thinking, so please be critical and challenge us!