High-rise builders go for precast
“Precast construction has a significant role in Ramboll Denmark’s business. When we talk buildings in Denmark, we always talk precast: 90–95 percent of buildings are constructed from precast elements. While the number is not the same in the rest of the world – due to cultural differences which have to do with building and aesthetic traditions, requirements, geological differences, among others – I see the use of precast increasing worldwide in the future.
The high-rise building industry, for example, has taken remarkable steps towards precast and modular construction, which makes so much sense in dense city district projects. Higher and higher buildings are constructed using precast methods. Just recently we were working on a 40-story precast, modular high-rise in Malaysia.
Individual design is one other strong point for development. Some 20 years ago precast buildings were often boring and repetitive, but that is no longer the case. Technical innovations and digitalisation are already making huge improvements to the precast industry. Buildings and homes can contain modules which are prefabricated in a way that they are ready to integrate new technologies – the ones that individuals choose to have in their premises. Digitalisation and robotic formwork shuttering also means that you are no longer confined to using identical precast elements but can adopt more individual solutions moving away from the “block-type”-buildings towards more aesthetically pleasing structures.”
– Kaare K.B Dahl, Senior Project Manager, Ramboll, Denmark
Pictured above: AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen (photo @ Kaare K. B. Dahl)
Kaare K.B Dahl