concrete develops concepts.
we develop them in architecture, interior design, urban development and brand development.
concrete unites people.
we work with a team of 46 multidisciplinary creatives as architects, interior designers and visual marketeers to help businesses and institutions.
concrete loves provoking, confusing, philosophizing, scale models, haute cuisine, burgers, and (most of all) shattering dogmas.
concrete provides solutions.
no grand theories or abstract ideas. just things that work.
concrete likes to let the work do the talking.
concrete was asked to design all public spaces within
the new public library of Almere. The overall design
scope consisted of 5,000 linear meters of book
shelves and accompanying facilities. concrete also
contributed to the development of the shop concept:
a commercial approach, instead of a standard library
positioning and structure, where books are presented
to a ‘customer’ and the library itself becomes a place
to stay, as in a modern retail concept. Within the new
library shop concept the books are arranged in
different sections. Each section has a lifestyle-
orientated space (youth, health, travel, etc…) where
books are presented frontally. This way hurried
customers can find their product directly, while fun
shoppers can wander through the landscape of books,
explore the different worlds and discover places to sit
back and read. Meandering bookcases organise the
landscape and create an adventurous environment of
different identities. Additional functions, such as seating,
workplaces, info terminals and lighting, are integrated
into the bookcases.