Three Factors to Consider in Restoring Exposed Concrete

Understanding how to preserve this honest, raw material is crucial to saving a seminal style from sure extinction.

An irregular hairline crack in the concrete chimney of Le Corbusier’s Dominican Monastery of La Tourette (Éveux, France; completed 1960). From Walking through Le Corbusier by José Baltanás (London: Thames and Hudson, 2005), p16. Our last post, “Materials and Building Components,” described modernism’s growing emphasis on monolithic concrete walls as an alternative to traditional masonry. While conservation of brick and…