Spanish architectural firm Alarcon + Asociados has developed a new system for institutional building that allows essential elements such as wiring, plumbing, and ventilation to be incorporated into the floor, eliminating the need for suspended ceilings. The system, called Holedeck is created from perforated slabs of concrete. By eliminating suspended ceilings up to twenty inches can be shaved off each floor, saving materials, providing greater freedom in pillar placement, and potentially reducing the number of stories necessary for large buildings.
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