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Fair-faced concrete to highlight a diamond

12.08.2014 | Press
Soon the Antwerp cityscape will be enriched by an architectural jewel. With its light reflections, the new head office of the port authority, the “New Port House” designed by Zaha Hadid Architects pays homage to Antwerp as the centre of the diamond trade. The steel structure is supported by a column with the most beautiful fair-faced concrete look - a special challenge for the Doka Competence Center Fair-Faced Concrete.

Impressions

  • With its light reflections, the new head office of the port authority, the “New Port House” designed by Zaha Hadid Architects pays homage to Antwerp as the centre of the diamond trade. Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • For each pouring section, the team at Doka Competence Center Fair-Faced Concrete developed a special formwork concept to meet the strict requirements for fair-faced concrete. Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • For the column featuring 12 lateral surfaces at different angles, the architects planned fair-faced concrete in its most beautiful form. Photo: Doka
  • To connect the outer formwork and to withstand its high concrete pressure, the Competence Center Fair-Faced Concrete team developed a special angled waler capable of accommodating the variations in wall inclinations. Photo: Doka
  • Perfect form-tie pattern for a special look: The architects specified that all form-ties were to be attached to the concrete surface at 90 degree angles. Photo: Doka

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