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AUTHENTIC MATERIALITY

HOW-TO: Textured Concrete


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A concrete wall at Shotwell Design Lab formed with 2 by 12s and form ties. Lamp l=black was added to the concrete mix.

The new Clifford Still Museum in Denver has a carefully considered concrete wabi wabi ribbed texture.

Real board-formed concrete from the early 20th Century: Unintentional Wabi Sabi. Image: David Baker Architects

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Phillipine Banig woven mat textured concrete references the local Somas Filipinas. Image: David Baker Architects

The aggressive vertical concrete texture at the base of our Bayview Hill Gardens affordable housing design.

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Textured concrete FIVE88 sign and dancing columns at the main entry. Image: Mariko Reed

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We've been exploring textured concrete as a robust wabi-sabi material for the bases of our urban buildings.

On this shot-crete concrete wall we used corrugated plastic sheet to form this texture for a 40 foot high fountain wall. Note: shot-crete is permeable to water and difficult to seal. At 1500 Park Avenue in Emeryville. Image: David Baker Architects

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Newman Hall church in Berkeley from the 1960s.

This Buffalo highway retaining wall as an unusual corrugated bush-hammered surface.

20th CENTURY EXAMPLES

A renewed interest in integral materiality resulted in many interesting examples of concrete textures in the 20th Century.

1960s at UC Berkeley

A concrete wall at Salishan, the wonderful 1960s resort on the coast of Oregon.

This Buffalo highway retaining wall as an unusual corrugated bush-hammered surface.

1960s at UC Berkeley

Newman Hall church in Berkeley from the 1960s.

Real board-formed concrete from the early 20th Century: Unintentional Wabi Sabi. Image: David Baker Architects

Real board-formed concrete on a warehouse in the Mission District of San Francisco.

A concrete wall at Shotwell Design Lab formed with 2 by 12s and form ties. Lamp l=black was added to the concrete mix.

Phillipine Banig woven mat textured concrete references the local Somas Filipinas. Image: David Baker Architects

The aggressive vertical concrete texture at the base of our Bayview Hill Gardens affordable housing design.

The board form texture at the base of our Lakeside Senior Housing building in Oakland, 2014. Image: David Baker Architects

The painted concrete board form at our 888 Seventh Street building. The horizontal lines collect dirt so we recommend washing the walls periodically.

On this shot-crete concrete wall we used corrugated plastic sheet to form this texture for a 40 foot high fountain wall. Note: shot-crete is permeable to water and difficult to seal. At 1500 Park Avenue in Emeryville. Image: David Baker Architects

Textured concrete wall at DBA's 2500 El Camino Workforce Housing in Palo Alto in 2015. Image: David Baker Architects

The new Clifford Still Museum in Denver has a carefully considered concrete wabi wabi ribbed texture.

Unusual stained narrow board concrete texture in Portland OR.

Textured concrete FIVE88 sign and dancing columns at the main entry. Image: Mariko Reed

Potential wood with "character".

Textured concrete dancing columns at FIVE88. Image: Mariko Reed