PalmCrete
Playa Grande, Dominican Republic

 

The central courtyard at the Retreat at Playa Grande is bounded by site-cast single pours of white concrete. A ring within the jungle. 

The formwork for the concrete consists of the thick ends of fallen palms stems. The stems are sectioned at lengths that would still allow random bending and stacking within each pour. The convex side of the stem faces the concrete to create a textural undulating surface. 

The opposite sides of the concrete is poured against smooth epoxy formwork to define massive abstract planes at each of the primary programs of the ground floor; living room, lounge, and kitchen. The pours (up to 16’ tall) were achieved without steel ties. 

More information available upon request. 

 

 
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