Magazine, Ehitaja, March 2011
Magazine Ehitaja, March 2011 Concrete -better thanks to its versatile features and various finishing options, it has also been widely used in building architecture and facade design. A good example is graphic concrete - a novelty that allows you to apply a wide range of patterns and even photos to the concrete surface.

During its long development, concrete has developed into more than just a mixture of cement, water and filler.

Sometimes graphic concrete is also called photobetone.

Unlimited options for creating images

Graphic concrete is a special type of washed concrete. The pattern for decorating the facade is printed with a concrete retarding agent for a special film material using a silk-screen technique.

In the uncovered places of the decalcifying agent, a smooth concrete surface, or shape surface, is visible.

The option is unlimited - from simple, standard patterns to individual patterns, designed specifically for the customer's design or photo.

Putting the photo on the concrete is the most complicated

The most difficult of graphic concrete is to apply the photo to concrete.

Different patterns can be used with different-acting retarders, thus achieving a concrete surface with different wash depths.

Looking at the graphic concrete from a distance, we perceive the pattern and the pattern applied to it as a whole, for example, we recognize a photo or image.

Graphic concrete is characterized by a high quality of washbasin concrete. As the retarder is manufactured industrially, the slider layer is very homogeneous and the slider is guaranteed to remain on the film.

Achieving a high-quality result requires accuracy and artist's eye

Achieving high-quality graphic concrete plays an extremely important role in the accuracy of the work and compliance with manufacturing technology.

The washing depth of the washbasin depends to a large extent on the chemical reaction between the concrete and the retarder.

Images that can be applied to the facade can be considerably larger than the dimensions of one element, and the image decorating the building can extend over several elements.

Cooperation between the owner of the building, the architect and the manufacturer is fundamentally important.

Often, graphic concrete is used in close proximity to the sites being observed, often forming a significant part of the building's architecture.

The article uses both Graphic Concrete Ltd and E-Betoonelement photo material.

Hämeenlinna County Archives

This is the building that won the 2009 Finnish Concrete Design Award and the Best Concrete Foundation Architecture Award.

The panels were made on the production lines of our Finnish sister company Parma OY. Mikko HeikkineniIt's said that this black "national memory stick" is full of embroidered archival depths from the times of peoples and kings to the signs of today's, Internet era.

Usually the displayed pattern is performed on the laundromat technique and the shape surface remains in the background. This time it was decided to do the opposite. The white symbols on the surface of the concrete are made of a smooth molding surface and the background is a black blanket.

Birth story of graphic concrete

Ornaments have been part of architecture since the beginning of time. There have been seen Valli-Lember Bogatkina and Margareta Fuksi created pannoses.

Graphic Concrete ™ is an interior designer Samuli Naamanka developed and patented technology designed to decorate prefabricated concrete façades.

Graphic Concrete Ltd, a manufacturer of graphite concrete finishing solutions and a manufacturer of slip resistant materials, has actively involved its customers and partners in the development of this technology.

The collaboration between E-Betoonelement and Graphic Concrete Ltd dates back to 2007 when the first test elements were manufactured at Harku.

Mart Arro AS E-Betoonelement, marketing director

Graphic concrete won the Concrete Building of the Year 2010 contest for the architect's special prize.

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