Graphic Concrete Ltd manufactures and sells an innovative product known as graphic concrete. It enables durable patterns and images to be produced on prefabricated concrete surfaces such as facades, walls and pavement slabs. Graphic concrete is a patented technology invented by interior architect Samuli Naamanka. The inspiration was to create a real industrial product for large-scale surfaces, a tool with which architects could be more visually creative.
Since the late 1990s we have been working around the world with projects ranging from industrial buildings to fine art. Today our technology is a proven concept within the prefabrication concrete industry. An extensive number of reference buildings demonstrates the vast range of building designs in which graphic concrete can be used. Our goal is to enable architects and designers to turn their visions into reality. Our products can be tailored, and the outcome of each project is unique. We believe in building a better environment through the use of graphic concrete.
Our end product is a membrane used in the prefabrication process of concrete. The desired image is printed on the membrane with a surface retarder, after which the membrane is sent to the local concrete prefabrication company. Concrete is cast on the membrane and when the retarder is washed away the image is revealed. The image results from the contrast between the fair face and the exposed aggregate surface.
Changing the aggregate and/or cement colour offers a vast amount of variations in the outcome.
Being a standardised part of the prefabrication industry, graphic concrete is easy to use. The cost effectiveness is obvious: the suface is ready as such and needs no more cladding.
We co-operate within the entire chain of construction: we provide design support to architects and designers and technological support to the concrete element industry.