UHPC in architecture
Although concrete has been appreciated by architects for over a century for its strength, versatility, and sculptural potential, it is recently falling out of favour due to its environmental impact and plain appearance.
Ultra High Performance Concrete, or UHPC, is one of the latest advances in concrete technology which addresses the shortcomings of traditional concrete. UHPC has a higher strength to weight ratio and is far more durable, environmentally friendly, and cost effective.
UHPC is plastic yet permanent, offering architects the ability to create almost any form imaginable which will last forever, require very little maintenance, and age gracefully. Due to its extreme strength and durability, it is perfectly suited to harsh climates or corrosive environments, such as marine applications.
– High strength to weight ratio
– Extremely corrosion resistant
– Chloride impermeability
– High quality surfaces
UHPC façade elements and screens
UHPC can be cast into large panels create visually arresting building facades. A number of different finishes can be incorporated into a single panel, creating a look which would have been very difficult and expensive to install as individual parts. UHPC precisely replicates the pattern and texture of a mould surface, making it possible to create the most detailed designs, or to create natural looking finishes, such as stone, at a fraction of the cost and weight. Decorative 3D shapes and screens can provide both shade and aesthetic value. Architects can also cast three dimensional UPHC parts as permanent formwork for larger structures.
Our experts at BFG Architecture have decades of experience with the production process and design capability of UHPC, unlocking the true versatility and high performance of this material.
Contact us today so we can begin discussing your project needs.