Friday, November 05, 2004
Light transmitting concrete
Ok, this is pretty freaking cool: Concrete that passes light through it. For people who are addicted to natural light (unlike myself), this could add a little ray of sunshine on an otherwise stuck-in-the-office kind of day.
I wonder about painting it, however. My first thought was that you could just add pigment into the concrete mix, but that doesn't help you if you decide that you can't stand the cafe-o-lait color you originally picked, and now want to trade out for mocha cappuccino.
Also worth noting is that the light is probably bi-directional, which may be less of a problem during the day, but at night means that people walking by outside can see you instead of the other way around. Of course, a popular existing technology with many of the same features (called a "window") has this same problem, so maybe it's not such a big deal.
we make money not art: Light transmitting concrete