Good Concrete Fences Make Good Neighbors

If your home’s property lines happen to be of the more curvy and disjointed kind, then this concrete block fence system from designer Sergej Kuckir might be your key to walling out society and its discontents. Intended to emulate more curvilinear demands for fencing and ground planning, it is only natural that the fencing carry its own weight and allow the user to build a wall as low or as high as they wish.  Now if only they would re-legalize assault weapons and those kids would finally learn to really stay off my lawn.

Designer: Sergej Kuckir

19 Comments

  • brack says:

    Anyone know any perfectly level yards out there? Contact those 4 landowners and tell them about this product.

    Kidding aside…nice idea, but the wall looks unstable and as the humor above was trying to get across, you would need a parking lot to make this viable.

    Maybe deeper sockets???

  • Keith says:

    Having some sort of adjustable mounts on the ground would make this very plausible. Some way of semi-permanently to permanently connecting these pieces needs to be developed. Maybe even have a stake go all the way into the ground through the top of each circular section to lock them together.

  • Cromagnum says:

    Are these to be mass produced at a block factory, or are you thinking of selling a DIY mold?

    Biggest flaw: how do you stop it from toppling over if someone tries to climb over your barrier?

    building on Keith, you might design a piece of rebar to go through, and then backfill the cavity with concrete. Makes it solid.

    Might also consider building a precast base piece, wider bottom to spread out the weight, and that is the piece that gets leveled onto a stone base (drainage) and buried out of sight. This base could have a way of capturing the rebar, even as simple as a hollow cone (with a solid bottom) that when filled with concrete, creates an anchor.

  • Anonymous says:

    if it every tips over, somebody is going to get hurt and somebody is going to get sued

  • Carl says:

    90% of fences are straight. this solution would have little provision for it falling over. is it kid proof or wind proof? more important though is the ludicrous choice of material. Concrete accounts for up to 40% of the man made co2 emitted every year. what is wrong with a well managed wooden fence? change the material for a greener one and make it topple proof.

  • Justdel says:

    Nice flexible concept. Now with this design, every one can DIY into whatever curves individual like.

    I believe Designer intend to insert a pole into the ground as he have left two holes on both side of the block. (Except for the top piece)

  • KwangErn says:

    Besides the material, the concept is great! You can practically have different fence shape every month!

    I kinda doubt humans are monkeys who likes to jump on fences for no apparent reason…or have we been watching way too many movies lately?

  • Sergej says:

    Hello guys :)

    I would like to explain a few things:

    This system can be used both ways – permanently or temporarily.
    The temporary fence is made just by stacking components at each other. – You can easily disassemble the whole fence, it works like a LEGO. It is intended for low fences – just to divide some area.

    The permanent solution is made this way: The first row is fixed to the “base” element or just cemented. Then you build the whole fence except of the top row. Again – it works like Lego, so it can be done quite quickly. Then you pour the concrete into the top hole. It fills the whole column quickly and cleanly. You can also put armouring into the hole for reinforcement. Then you put the row of “cap” elements… and it is done. It is quick and clean.

    The width of each element is 180 mm – so it is quite enough to make it stable and stiff. This is not the substitute for wooden fences. Of course – if you build just a straight wall with no attachment or reinforcement – it is unstable. But the same problem is with bricks… Don´t forget that this system is mainly intended for building in curves. And if you build a curve with enough radius – it does not need any reinforcement.

    But the main goal of this system is to provide the freedom to the user. You can divide some area quickly and easily and you are not limited by lines or right angles.

    For me there were two reasons to use plain gray concrete. The first one is that I like pure and honest materials and solutions. There is no need to fake anything or to pretend more expensive surfaces. Moreover – the wall can be quite nicely “formed” by light. The play of lights and shadows can be quite interesting on such a structured wall. It makes it alive – the look of the wall is basically formed by the light conditions and it changes during the day.

    Thanks for your comments – I hope I have answered all the questions :)

    • garzonetto says:

      Actually, these would be quite stable up to about four to five feet. All you would have to do is create a gravel “footer” twice as wide as the block. Make it six inches deep and step off your topography in lifts the same hight as each course. Then bury one block and viola! It is the same with any masonry landscape freestanding wall. The benefit of this wall is the light/shadow, vines can grow through it, and it is not susceptible to wind shear loads. Anything above four foot could be pinned and poured on a concrete footer. I love the design.

  • Zog.13 says:

    I think that the idea is very nice. I work closely with architects on occasion and am very interested in how more diversity can be gotten from masonry. This is definitely a sound concept in my opinion. It lends itself (obviously) to modularity and also to personalization. It would work well as a fence, a garden wall for vines and such, or just to create a skeleton for a more elaborate scheme. In terms of how they work together and their appearance, have you considered any other forms, (I assume you have) and if so what were the reasons for not using them? What were the good aspects and bad aspects. Getting off topic now. Sorry for the long post, but good design generate comments, so in short, nicely done. A nice way to make concrete less stand-offish.

  • W says:

    Bad version of Tomohiko Sato’s design for Pearson Lloyd

  • Sergej says:

    Please take a think before you write such comment … The “link” system you mention has got a different shape, a different locking system, it is made out of different material and its function is different as well.
    The design of “chain” fence system is not only about “cool appearance”, it is designed to be functional. This fence has to be stable and durable enough to withstand rough weather conditions – especially the frost. The shape is designed to minimise the interception of the water and to assure a quick drain. There are no spaces which hold the water and therefore can cause a disaster during a frezing winter.

    I like this Tomohiko Sato’s design, however I can see no point in comparing these two products as they are designed for completely different purpouse.

    Thank you for your opinions.
    Sergej

  • Dave says:

    Sergej

    Hello and welcome to the internet! You cannot post ANYTHING on a design forum without somebody saying, “Seen it. Already done.”

    I am waiting for someone to comment on a car design by stating, “Four wheels and an engine? Seen it!”

  • Dei Xhrist says:

    Are there casting forms available? Inquiring DIY homeowners need to know.

  • marta says:

    Hello, where can someone purchase the materials? We have a Mid-century modern design home and believe this maybe a great solution. Hopefully the price is right. Please contact me…

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