Arup exhibition celebrates innovative use of concrete

Arup has launched Concrete Inspirations, an exhibition to celebrate the use of reinforced concrete in architecture, art and engineering.

It focuses on the two of the firm’s first projects in the late 1940s: Busáras, Dublin’s main bus station, and the monumental Brynmawr Rubber Factory in Wales, both of which were seen as ground-breaking designs for their time.

The exhibition also includes sketches from the Arup archives, on display for the first time, as well as photographs, films and architectural models within the surrounds of an extraordinary concrete structure designed by Interrobang Architecture and Engineering.

Jennifer Greitschus, Head of Exhibitions at Arup and co-curator of Concrete Inspirations said:

“Concrete has been at the heart of an astounding range of creativity across different disciplines historically and continues to fascinate and be pushed to new extremes by artists and designers today.”

Concrete Inspirations also presents the work of artists Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Demand, Luisa Lambri, Simon Phipps and Rachel Whiteread who have all been inspired in different ways by the material and provide fresh perspectives on its potential.

The exhibition runs from the 14 July until 7 October 2016 at Arup’s London headquarters in 8 Fitzroy Street.