Stone and concrete: a review of the coevolution of the surface finishes of two building materials

Herdis Heinemann, Wido Quist

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Abstract

In the nineteenth century, the demand for decorative building elements grew due to an increase of building activities caused by industrialisation and population growth. Artificial stone became an alternative for costly natural stone, using the possibilities offered by new binders and industrialisation. Initially it still mimicked the appearance of natural stone, both in texture and colour. Yet with the progress of concrete technology and increasing acceptance of concrete as an architectural material, an own material category emerged: precast concrete. In the 1930s, companies focused more on architectural precast elements, as pre casting allowed a better quality control than in-situ concrete, both in terms of concrete properties and surface finish, latter still influenced by techniques known from natural stone. During the post-war reconstruction period, the precast concrete industry had become mature, offering entire building systems and freely quoting textures and colours. In this paper, this evolution will be commented from a Dutch perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Knowledge, Constructing Histories
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018)
EditorsIne Wouters, Stephanie Van de Voorde, Inge Bertels, Bernard Espion, Krista De Jonge, Denis Zastavni
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema
Pages141-148
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-58414-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event6ICCH 2018: 6th International Congress on Construction History - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 Jul 201813 Jul 2018

Conference

Conference6ICCH 2018: 6th International Congress on Construction History
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period9/07/1813/07/18

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    Heinemann, H., & Quist, W. (2018). Stone and concrete: a review of the coevolution of the surface finishes of two building materials. In I. Wouters, S. Van de Voorde, I. Bertels, B. Espion, K. De Jonge, & D. Zastavni (Eds.), Building Knowledge, Constructing Histories: Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018) (Vol. 1, pp. 141-148). CRC Press / Balkema.