GENTLE WAVES IN SPAIN

GENTLE WAVES IN SPAIN

Location
Olivenza, Spain
Project Year
2015
Category
Banks

Offices
Daniel Schäfer

GENTLE WAVES IN SPAIN

RECKLI Gmbh as Manufacturers

A Spanish bank refines the concrete surface of its headquarters with a wave structure which reflects those of the adjacent river. With RECKLI standard formliners, planners and architects are able to reach new creative heights. Our elastic formworks are versatile, applicable, and an economic solution when designing fair faced concrete.Along the shore of the Rio Guadiana one can gaze upon impressive reconstruction of the Caja de Badajoz, which towers above the small Spanish town of the same name. When crossing the Puente Real Bridge the first thing striking the eye is the 16 storied glass box housing the administrative offices of the bank. Bit by bit, the lower part of the building becomes visible. The office complex is enthroned upon a wedge-shaped substructure which appears to spread from the banks of the river further inland. The horizontal construction houses a lobby, an auditorium, showrooms and a bar. Enlarged windows at the lateral sites of the complex ensure generous light. The architects of the Spanish office, Estudo Lamela, decided to utilize a groove-shaped concrete structure in order to give the building the appearance of lightness. That was the point when the RECKLI standard formliner “Friesland” came into play. For this use it was oriented vertically. This design causes interesting lighting effects on the concrete surface as the sun moves. This effect makes the building the architectural landmark of the Spanish province.


“Friesland” is just one of more than 250 designs for standard formliners offered by RECKLI. The different designs range from ribbing and wave profiles to wood, stone and rock patterns as well as authentic masonry and plaster motifs. Furthermore, it is possible to create special effects resembling portions of a design that are true to the original using our casting methods. We also offer a growing selection of non-slip textures. There are two reasons why there are so many creative possibilities. Firstly, it is possible to create a template of almost every texture. To create patterns and textures from nature, one simply takes castings from rocks, stones, etc. Other patterns are mechanically created by using a CNC milling machine. For the preparation of fantasy, a positive model consisting of gypsum or other materials is formed. Secondly, the formliners are very elastic, so even extremely finely detailed castings can be achieved from the formworks without causing any fractures. The flexible formliners are also sturdy, which means that they can be reused multiple times.

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