Fulton Center, an impressive glass and steel building dominated by a huge transparent dome Designed by Grimshaw and Arup…
Launched in 2004 by the Austrian company Rieder, fibreC (from the English “glassfiber” and “concrete”) is a concrete reinforced with glassfiber applicable outdoors and indoors.
The deprivation of the iron core inside of plates allows a very thin but highly durable production: sheets of 8-13 mm, very light but very strong.
Sandblasted or brushed surfaces are colored with the addition of iron oxide and natural additives: this provides varying surfaces for appearance and colors. FibreC is very durable, thin and pliable and it can therefore be used in flat slabs, and shaped in a particular way.
Thanks to the unique feature of mouldability of these concrete and glassfiber panels and to the production system, this so thin material can find extraordinary possibilities of application.
The architecture is the interplay of contrasting elements and the result of imaginative ideas that come from the continuous updating of materials, colors and texture of surfaces. The panels and the new elements in fibreC encourage the evolution of these ideas with innovative material suitable for all types of solutions. Similar to a skin of concrete, fibreC façade panels offer new solutions.
Concrete skin coatings give the buildings a more modern aspect, both visually and in terms of innovation, as if they were covered by a second skin.
FibreC is a material which allows a wide range of application and creating a wide variety of organic and creative shapes; it adapts to different forms and solutions, for example sliding constructions, curvatures, sloping walls and roofs.
The work shows all the expressive potential of this material that can be used as a second skin or tissue with spectacular effects on the façade of the building.