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How 3 Award-Winning Projects Harnessed the Beauty and Power of Concrete

Long touted for its strength and versatility, concrete has had an integral role in construction and design as far back as the Roman times. And in recent years, concrete’s potential has reached new heights, with many companies developing innovative uses and applications for the material, ranging from concrete reinforced with bamboo to ultra-porous concrete and concrete cloth.

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Awards recognize architecture and construction projects from around the world that use concrete technologies in creative and innovative ways, with a focus on sustainable design and social well-being. We spoke with three of the architecture firms behind winning designs of the 2014 CEMEX Building Awards to see how concrete influenced their design and why they believe concrete to be an important construction material.

Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos

© Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte + 50

Oaxaca, Mexico

El Eco Museum Extension / FRENTE + LAR

© Alvaro Capistrán © Alvaro Capistrán © Juan Carlos Polanco © Fidel Ugarte + 13

Misantla, Mexico
  • Architects: LAR / Fernando Romero + FRENTE / Juan Pablo Maza
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 329.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2006