We know that today’s contractors are always doing different and innovative things with concrete. In fact, we support it! But concrete is actually one of the oldest and longest lasting building materials in the world. In Syria and Jordan, remains of more than 8,000-year-old floors, houses and concrete water cisterns have been discovered—some still intact.
Famous Concrete Structures
You might be surprised to learn that concrete was used to build some of the most famous structures in the world, ancient & modern. Here are just a few of these fantastic buildings showcasing concrete’s strength and durability:
This renowned Roman amphitheater was constructed in 80 A.D. and remains one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. Its 240 concrete arches are supported by limestone and have housed both gladiator competitions and a wool factory.
Although it has been damaged over the course of many centuries, the Colosseum’s survival is a testament to concrete’s longevity.
2. Hoover Dam
Back on North America, this impressive structure was built in 1936. The Hoover Dam required 1.1 million cubic yards of concrete to form an arch-gravity dam. An American icon, the Hoover Dam forms Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. It was constructed during the Great Depression as part of a plan create a water source for desert inhabitants in Arizona and Nevada.
Despite bearing the name of the 31st US President, Herbert Hoover, the Hoover Dam was actually named for Hoover in honor of his service as Secretary of Commerce.
At the top of the Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca National Forest in Rio de Janeiro stands Christ the Redeemer, the largest statue of Jesus ever constructed in the world.
Christ the Redeemer is made from reinforced concrete and soapstone. Named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this feat of artistry and architecture stands 98 feet tall, with an arm span of 92 feet, and weighs about 635 metric tons. Constructed in 1931 for about $250,000, the statue would cost more than $3 million to build in today’s economy.
4. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa skyscraper soars above Dubai and holds the title of world’s tallest building along with 6 other world records. Completed in 2009, the Burj Khalifa took more than 5 years, 110,000 tons of concrete, 55,000 tons of steel rebar, and 22 million man hours to complete.
While the Burj Khalifa boasts the world’s highest observation deck, this impressive structure also houses a hotel, restaurant, office space, and private residences for the very wealthy. Rent for a studio apartment is about $1.5 million (yes, per month).
5. Panama Canal
Completed in 1914, this 52 mile long and 10 mile wide man-made canal required 5 ½ cubic yards of concrete to complete. Named another of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, this route connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans enabling ships to transport cargo more efficiently between North and South America.
From its construction to present day, more than 1 million vessels have crossed the Panama Canal.
Famous Stained Concrete Structures?
Despite all of our hopes and dreams, the most famous concrete structures remain unstained. (That doesn’t mean they aren’t protected!) When will we have a famous stained concrete structure to add to this list? That’s up to you! If you have a new project that can be spiced up with some color, count on Redi-Mix Colors to deliver the quality stains you need that will make lasting impressions.
Need a custom color or have other questions? Contact us today! Our staff is ready and excited to help.