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Updating Antiquity: Using Modular Concrete to Create New Compositions

Updating Antiquity: Using Modular Concrete to Create New Compositions
Updating Antiquity: Using Modular Concrete to Create New Compositions, © Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar

Inspired by two of the oldest techniques in architecture, fluting, and reeding, Brooklyn-based GRT Architects have developed a series of modular concrete pieces that update the Greek tradition, varying its classic composition.

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Flutes & Reeds is composed of cast concrete and rethinks the proportions and fixed rules that governed Greek columns of antiquity. This new material consists of modules that can be adjusted and accommodated to form interesting relief surfaces.

© Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar

A triangular mosaic was then generated to provide the possibility of joining other modules at 120-degree angles, producing grids and varied compositions.

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Triangular Modules
Triangular Modules

"Each triangle is, in effect, a slice of a conventional fluted or reeded column. When arranged in a well-behaved fashion they form a surface that would look familiar to the Greeks, overlaid with a subtle, triangular matrix. However, a number of unique patterns emerge when tiles are rotated," ensure GRT Architects.

© Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar

The family of grooves and carvings is composed of four designs: Single Flute, Triple Flute, Single Reed, and Triple Reed. While 'Single' refers to convex and wide ornaments, the 'Triple' offers denser repeats of the same effect.

© Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar

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Cite: Franco, José Tomás. "Updating Antiquity: Using Modular Concrete to Create New Compositions" [Revestimiento modular: crea distintas composiciones a través de piezas de concreto en triángulo ] 01 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/898593/updating-antiquity-using-modular-ceramics-to-create-new-compositions/> ISSN 0719-8884

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