Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Translucent Concrete

I would LOVE to see a public art project using this material:

from Toolmonger:

Forget those glass blocks! Don’t you wish you had a building material with the structural integrity of concrete and the light transmitting ability of glass? Litracon wins major cool points by putting fiber-optic strands in concrete blocks to achieve results like the ones above. Even cooler: Light can travel 20 meters through the fiber optics before losing brightness.

A Hungarian architect invented Litracon — short for “light-transmitting-concrete” — in 2001, and he started his own Budapest-based company in 2004. The material is slowly catching on, and it was even considered as one of the materials for the Freedom Tower in New York. You can see some incredible pictures on their website.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to develop plans for my glowing underground bunker.

Translucent Concrete [Litracon]

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