Mexican architect Rozana Montiel has developed a “new kind of folded concrete” that is being used to build prefabricated solid-waste furnaces across Mexico.

Rozana Montiel’s architecture studio was enlisted to develop a prefabricated furnace that could be quickly rolled out across 17 ports and airports in the country.The studio chose concrete with a rippled texture because it would be durable in a range of climates.”The main challenge of this project was that the client wanted ready-made parts, as in a pre-fabricated home, which would adapt to a wide-range of climates – a jungle, a desert,” it said.

“We designed a prototype with a new kind of folded concrete, we experimented with the materiality to be durable, malleable and that it required nearly no maintenance.The studio, called Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura, undertook a number of experiments to perfect the way to make slabs that were corrugated and curved to form the round shape of the structure.”We did several tests with molds for the prefabricated pieces, the innovation was to make pieces not only with corrugated concrete, but also curved,” it said.