Innova Concrete Selection of Significant 20th-Century Heritage Sites in Europe


Within the framework of  INNOVA Concrete, an ambitious research project focused on the development of innovative techniques to preserve fair-faced concrete-based monuments, the Innova Concrete Selection of Significant 20th-Century Heritage Sites in Europe DATABASE aims to raise awareness of the importance of concrete in the built heritage.

This search engine compiles 100 sites that are representative of the importance of concrete in the 20th century. The aim is to transmit the value of fair-faced concrete sites to society, through a series of examples that highlight different aspects of concrete that are relevant to these sites’ significance as cultural heritage.

All the selected sites are outstanding examples of architecture and engineering from the 20th century on technical, social and aesthetic levels. They reflect innovation in building materials and structure, as well as in building methods, construction techniques and detailing. They often exemplify new uses and typologies, characteristic of the social, cultural and economic development of their time, and they are significant in the history of architecture and engineering.

The sites, from all 28 countries in the EU, reflect different periods in the 20th century, as well as different currents and approaches to design. They also bear witness to the performance of fair-faced concrete over time, the problems associated with its conservation and its perception in society.


Funding Programme: Horizon 2020 - Industrial Leadership - Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology

Project topic: LEIT-NMBP-35-2017.

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