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Start construction of façade panels, The 4 Worlds

In May 2008 work started on the production of the balcony and façade panels for The Four Worlds apartment complex in Spijkenisse. A special feature are the words that can be read in relief. They offer an answer to the question: “What do you talk about with your neighbours?”

Fabricage van de betonplaten

Layers of words
Two layers of words can be distinguished on the façade. The first layer is legible vertically at a distance of around 300 m from the building. The first layer is legible from the apartment balconies. Words were also added in a grid on the underside of the balconies.

Fabricage van de betonplaten

Balcony Panels
A special method of pouring concrete is used to make letters on the underside of a balcony panel. Generally, the upper side of a concrete panel is the mould side, but it’s the other way around in this project. The letter design on the mould side is recessed with the aid of a rubber mat placed inside the mould.
A specially made stamp pressed into the fresh concrete ensures that elements such as a drain can be created on the upper side of the balcony panel.