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litracon

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i couldn’t resist posting one more fascinating use of concrete. litracon, or light transmitting concrete, is a phenomenal new product. as the name suggests, this concrete is actually capable of allowing light, and conversely shadow, pass through it. the holy grail of concrete has always been transparency and litracon comes pretty close. as strong and as capable as its standard concrete predecessor, litracon owes its abilities to the addition of fiber optics. the fiber optics run parallel to each other and perpendicular to the concrete block or wall; in this way light and shadow on one side of the wall are visible on the other.

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no word on other ingredients so it’s tough to make a judgment on its sustainability but its ingenuity is certainly off the charts. backlighting litracon with artificial light produces a brilliant glowing quality. meanwhile, daylighting behind a person or another object produces an almost ethereal ghostly silhouette. i can’t wait until this stuff goes mainstream. head on over to their website for some more great images, samples, example projects, and a small video of litracon in action.

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28 February 2007 Posted by | architecture, materials | 2 Comments

erosion sink

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the elegance of the precast concrete design work on hotel remota inspired me to find some more extremely unique concrete designs. pictured here is the erosion sink, designed and fabricated by gore design co. out of tempe, arizona.  founded in 2004, gore design co. aims to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to many major interior furniture pieces such as countertops, fireplace surrounds, sinks, and other furniture.  the erosion sink features a type of eco-concrete that gore design has been working with on a number of projects.  the concrete features the integration of fly-ash and other recycled materials, as well as voc-free sealers and heavy-metal free pigments.  in fact, they’ve re-dubbed their concrete recycrete.  all things considered this sink is a striking piece.  both functional and artistic, the natural aesthetics are calming.  i thoroughly enjoy the shallow tapering nature of the topographic lines meandering to and from each other.  its design almost suggests the degradation of the concrete sink slab was caused over time with nothing more than the faucet running.  the asymmetry of the piece, especially the offset nature of the drain, really make this eco-concrete sink something to behold.

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28 February 2007 Posted by | green, materials, products | 2 Comments