A truly diverse building material, concrete can be used to make anything from a suburban driveway to a giant skyscraper. In this blog, we look at some of the great concrete wonders of the world.
The Pantheon in Italy
This unreinforced dome is the largest of it’s kind in the world and is also one of the best preserved Roman buildings. The pantheon stands testament to the durability of concrete as it remains in near perfect condition 1,890 years after it was built.
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
This jaw dropping skyscraper holds the current record as the tallest manmade structure in the world and it also happens to be made out of reinforced concrete. Although the design of the building was inspired by the ephemeral spider lily, the structure itself is made to last and took a stunning 45,000 cubic metres of reinforced concrete to construct the base, and 333,000 cubic metres for the tower.
The Panama Canal in Panama
This canal is probably one of the world’s greatest feats of civil engineering and revolutionised maritime trade at the time. The Panama Canal is a 77km long man made concrete canal which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Without this important thoroughfare, ships would have to sail around the continent to reach their destination.
Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
Concrete is not often thought of as an aesthetic material but this monumental statue of Jesus cements it’s artistic value. This 635 tonne statue stands 38 metres high and overlooks the lively city of Rio De Janeiro. Every year, some 2 million tourists come to marvel at the 85-year-old statue.
Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland
Due to open in June 2016, the Gotthard base tunnel is a 56.9-kilometre-long railway tunnel dug into the base of the Swiss Alps. This tunnel is set to revolutionise rail travel from the north to the south of Switzerland by cutting down the travel time by more than three and a half hours.
The Hoover Dam in the US
This famous American structure was built during the Great Depression to provide a water source for the desert populations of Arizona and Nevada. One of the greatest feats of civil engineering at the time, the concrete gravity arch dam has a base that is 660 feet deep and can hold some 37 trillion litres of water.
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