Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, Saitama, Japan
This, the world's largest underwater flood water diversion facility, was built to prevent the Japanese city of Saitama from flooding during the rainy season. However, it is open to the public and has since become a local tourist attraction.


Concrete - a visual gazetteer

This workday building material has been sculpted into some incredible shapes

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The Romans cast their temples from it, Le Corbusier delighted in it, and Frank Lloyd Wright described its potential to be a ‘permanent, noble, beautiful’ building material. Concrete is hardly the most romantic of substances, yet its incredible properties have enabled the construction of ancient pagan temples, breathtaking Brazilian galleries and straw-filled Spanish hermitages. In celebration of our new Concrete book, we present some of the boldest buildings ever poured.


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