Concrete is the most popular and widely used building material. The man-made mix has incredible strength and versatility, lending itself well to so many different structures such as motorways and roads, buildings, skyscrapers, bridges and dams.
In this article we’re celebrating some of the most famous concrete structures which have shaped the world, showing off their height, beauty or just impressive architecture.
3 Impressive Concrete Structures
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
Formerly known as the Burj Dubai, this extremely tall skyscraper, holding the title for the tallest building in the world, reaches nearly 830m (2725ft). It has used more than 330,000 cubic meters of concrete to build.
The building opened in 2010 and has broken all sorts of different records, such as the record for the highest vertical concrete pumping for a building at 606 meters.
The skyscraper has 163 floors in total – imagine how long you would need to wait in an elevator to get to the top floor!
The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas
The Venetian Hotel is a very famous hotel complex on the Las Vegas strip, known for being very luxurious and extravagant. A whopping 85,183,118 pounds of concrete was used for building this structure.
The hotel’s tower is 36 stories and stands at 475 meters tall, with over 3,000 rooms, a casino, resort and entertainment complex.
As the name suggests, the building’s design takes inspiration from Venice in Italy and uses concrete to replicate many famous landmarks here, bringing to life the town’s romance and grandeur to the desert. This includes icons such as the Palazzo Ducale, Campanile and the Rialto Bridge.
Hoover Dam in Nevada
Only 30 miles away from Last Vegas sits the Hoover Dam. This was named after Herbert Hoover the 31st president of the US.
The huge dam was completed in 1936, and is an astounding example of engineering, producing hydroelectric power and water for irrigation.
The dam is so big, that when they were building it, an entire town named ‘ Boulder City’ was erected to house them. It used to be the world’s tallest dam but was surpassed in 1968 by the Oroville Dam in Northern California.
3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete was used for just the dam, and a lot more for the other structures needed nearby including the power plant.
At Fluidstone, we love all things concrete! Whilst we don’t create buildings, we can bring other concrete ideas to life, and we love a challenge. If you have a design idea, simply contact us.