Columns for Architectural Designs
Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS – Formerly Advanced Cast Stone “ACS”) has designed architectural columns for a wide range of projects. Designers are able to integrate the columns in to the overall design, for example, with entry ways, front elevation cladding as well as veneers of a building, with wall coping, with eves, with ceilings, or with architectural trim that can surround windows or doorways.
The Ionic columns is usually defined by the scrolls at each corner of the capital. These scrolls are fairly large in proportion to the column itself and the scrolls are also known architecturally as volutes.
Tuscan columns are the columns used most frequently in the United States because they are also the simplest. They are not carved and do not have scrolls. They are columns that have a capital that is square with a circle under the square. Think of the circle as being round crown molding. There may be a ring under the circle, all of which would be considered the column capital.
These columns have a capital that looks like a series of leaves in a circular repeating pattern. This column and capital has 3 dimensional look and the capital is often larger than the Tuscan. They are beautiful but tend to look formal.
Modern Day Columns
Columns can be designed to fit the design of a project. They can take elements of the Greek classical columns and can be a design that reflects a particular part of the country. For example, In Texas, a column capital may have the face of a long-horn cow. They would be used for commercial establishments selling western items; a botanical garden may have fully-open rose as its capital.
AAS has custom mold making ability to create fluted columns of variety of shapes.
See video clips to understand steps for manufacturing Fluted GFRC columns.
Architectural GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete), also known as light weight concrete are ideal for columns at higher elevation because of their lighter weight. With column that is hollow inside, these columns can also be put outside of other structural support elements.
AAS project team works with architects, contractors and building owners in design and manufacturing of modular columns in variety of shapes and styles. AAS has a lot of experience with very large size columns as required for a project.
Rope column is an ornate design of spiraling rope. The design requires custom molds and a lot of precision for the column to fit in the design.