Concrete has a sometimes-bad reputation as a harsh, rigid, cold-to-the-touch and straight-edged material. Litracon is doing a great deal to change that image of concrete through a score of creative and sustainable applications for their patented light-transmitting concrete.
Filled with optical fibers that run from one end of a poured piece of concrete to the other, these prefabricated blocks and panels effectively transmit light from one side to the other. Colors and light remain remarkably consistent from end to end, but with a natural variation from the pouring process that actually softens the effects considerably.
The fibers can transmit light to over 50 feet and, as they occupy only a small percentage of the total concrete block or panel, they do not significantly affect the structural capabilities of the poured pieces.
One could imagine all kinds of artistic as well as functional applications for this new-and-improved form of concrete. Daylighting possibilities abound and all with potentially much lower heat loss and cost and with greater durability.
Perhaps best of all it puts another broad-ranging, highly versatile material choice in an architect’s or builder’s structural tool kit – what designers do with this solid-but-see-through substance ultimately will probably surprise us all.
Re-posted from Doornob
Adriana Siso founded Molecule Design, her contemporary design store, in 2002 in Santa Fe, NM. With a background in Fine Arts, Adriana has been an innovator, bringing to the Santa Fe area, original and unique design products by some of the best contemporary industrial design firms in the world. Molecule operates out of a recycled and renovated shipping container building in the Santa Fe Baca Railyard project, the first of its kind in the city. Sustainability is an important area of interest for Molecule, which offers product lines with a focus on conservation and ecological stewardship. The store keeps an active annual schedule featuring the work of local designers, fabricators, and artists, as well as of national and international design firms through multiple events and alliances.