There are many different ways to utilize concrete formliners. The videos below show you different uses for formliners and how different companies within the industry are putting them to use.
The picture above represents a good use of form liners as noted by the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce:
Inside the Spheres is a five-story independent structure made with 12 million pounds of concrete.
While the typical concrete shear core is rectangular-shaped and rough construction, these concrete cores were shaped like a football and a guitar pick with an exposed finished surface. The design team also wanted the structure to be a sculptural feature. The curved forms were over-sized by 2 inches, and form-liner pieces were used to impress a tree pattern climbing up the core.
Here we see use of form liner to create a cast for a bridge rebuild projects according to the Times Free Press article below:
“The project does have some aesthetic features. There is a specially selected form liner used to make the cast concrete on the project look similar to cut limestone block walls that are located throughout Chattanooga, along with the use of the tri-star from the Tennessee State Flag on the bridges,” Flynn said.
More usage of formliners in architecture can be seen below as seen in the article by Construction Canada:
With this advancement, came the increased desire for patterns, textures, and colours. Coloured concrete was introduced in 1915 when Lynn Mason Scofield begain producing colour additives for concrete; a half-century later, manufactured patterns became possible. With the advent of formliners, patterned concrete once only achievable through handcrafting could now be replicated in a controlled and more expedient fashion while maintaining the classic look borrowed from ancient architecture. In the 1970s, formliner manufacturers were able to add textures.
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.