Concrete was one of the best construction materials available in the 20th Century because of the incredible possibilities it offered to engineers and architects. Concrete can withstand multiple stresses and strains and, moreover, it can be prestressed with steel cables to grant even more resistance.
Since concrete is a material that lends itself to the most varied uses, it’s no surprise that architects all over the world used it to build structures in a relatively short period of time and without concern for embellishments. This has led to structures whose intrinsic beauty is to be found in the structure itself rather than in decorative elements.
There is not only one type of buildings made in concrete, on the contrary: nearly every building type has an example in concrete. This is true for churches, military buildings, schools, government buildings, post offices, factories, houses and sport facilities.
We will concentrate on sports facilities today, presenting some of them and showing how they are still, or could be, perfectly functioning and functional to their role.