The brutalist movement in architecture has given us so many buildings with this unfinished finish that we are now well used to integrating its plainness into our interior configurations.
Look around your towns and cities and you will be surprised to find almost as much plain concrete surface area out there as brick or bark.
Since recent decades have brought us an explosion of shiny metal and glass in our built environments, Béton has a refreshing nostalgic value.
Le Corbusier, Ërno Goldfinger, Ken Woolley, and Clorindo Testa are just some of the many famous architects who liked to leave their buildings in the raw, all defenders of what is regarded as a beautiful ugliness with many symbolic associations: Béton Brut
We at Panespol® have borrowed from the source of that 1960’s Béton brut movement and created faithful polyurethane coverings in easy-to-assemble panels that will help enhance whatever product or image you want people to see.
Bare without glare
For the leading figures behind the stylistic revolution in early 20th century architecture, bare béton and white helped create a feeling of luminosity and clarity, enhancing our visual focus on other details.
But whereas white contributes to greater light reflection, that glare is eliminated with Béton. It’s a matt surface.
The monochronism of much architecture in the 20th century sought to suppress what Le Corbusier called the “distracting din of colours”.
And designers love the options provided by raw concrete textures. If you add simplicity of colour to simplcity of form, you free yourself from the risk of timid and inexpert experiments in decoration.
Banishing ornamentation brings an ambience that is perfect for displaying all kinds of product, an atmosphere that can best be described as: purity