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Pre-stressed legals


Reasons for specifying particular materials can be curious, but few are more so than at David Chipperfield's Salerno Law Courts in Italy. The authorities told the design team that high-strength concrete would not be allowed unless it was precast. The reason? High-strength in situ concrete provided too many opportunities for cheating contractors, who might put in less cement than had been specified - landing them eventually, one assumes, inside the very law courts that they were constructing.

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