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Concrete To The Touch

Europe’s Concrete Design Competition rewards four innovative and inspiring entries.


European students won big at the Concrete Design Competition for 2017/2018. The four winning teams – students of Berlin University of the Arts, Technical University of Munich, Technische Universität Darmstadt and Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle – wowed judges with a handful of bold, inspirational concepts.

The Concrete Design Competition is a platform that allows students to submit concepts and promotes innovation while exploring the potential of concrete as a material. Students of architecture, design, interior design, civil engineering and related fields are invited, and participating countries include Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The theme of the Concrete Design Competition 2017/2018 was ‘Tactility’. The brief asked entrants to explore touch by focusing on “the material’s feel, the ‘comprehensibility’ of concrete surfaces and shapes as the central design quality of a building or object”.

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Anja Eilert | Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle


Anja Eilert (Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle) won for a textile design entry that blends concrete with stainless-steel mesh. New material combinations with different properties are produced as paper fibres are wrapped around the concrete elements.

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Leon Steffani, Florian Gick   |  UdK Berlin


A social and intellectual meeting place was designed by Leon Steffani and Florian Gick (Berlin University of the Arts). The 24-hour library includes spaces that are almost museum-like, drawing meanwhile on classic industrial architecture.

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Hanna Albrecht | TU Munich


Hanna Albrecht (Technical University of Munich) entered a design for an integrative housing project for blind and visually impaired people. According to the jury, Albrecht “develops an impressive answer to the question of how spaces can be perceived by all senses and what role the material plays in this”.

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Maja Tokarski, Nadim El Khorazaty | TU Darmstadt


Winning pair Maja Tokarski and Nadim El Khorazaty (Technische Universität Darmstadt) show that concrete can produce detailed designs with ‘florid concrete’. The concrete module features floral patterns and can be used as a façade or for room-dividing elements.

Learn more about the Concrete Design Competition and finalists of the 2017/2018 edition:

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