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According to a story in Construction Canada formliner patterns play an important role in architectural design aesthetics:
Types of formliners
Contemporary formliners lend an almost endless array of pattern and texture opportunities. North American manufacturers provide a standard selection of products, with some offering more than 300 choices.
In the 1970s and 80s, ribbed patterns were widely used in designs for sound walls, industrial buildings, mass transit stations, and other various building exteriors. As polyurethane formliners emerged, the ribbed patterns gave way to more natural and unique patterns. This provided the architect with more options and flexibility when designing a concrete building exterior.
Patterns and textures previously only available by extracting them from natural materials are now exactly replicated in formliners. Even the most traditional building materials, brick and block, have been recreated. Stone, wood, stucco, masonry, and abstract esthetics can all be incorporated in designs.
Kansas City Business Journal notes a different use for formliner patterns according to the article below:
Q. What products and systems are utilized in the building?
Zahner: “Structural ribs called ZEPPS, which form the building enclosure, are intentionally exposed inside the office area. ZEPPS are part of the Zahner patented system for creating complex curved forms, usually covered by the ‘skin’ of the building. In the new space they are incorporated into the design aesthetic, undulating across the ceiling and down the walls. The space seems alive – moving and changing depending on one’s orientation within. The intent is to show clients how our structures work to create complex curved geometry.”
McDonald: “We produce and deliver ready-mixed concrete, the most versatile building material in the world, and our building demonstrates it. We used three different patterns of form liners, giving the vertical feature of the building the look of three varying building materials: stone, wood, and concrete panels.”