In a dark cavern in the midst of Dutch Design Week, a large box of concrete stood inconspicuously amongst a sea of bright, shouting exhibitors. Inside, unexpectedly, light permeated what was on the surface a solid concrete wall.
Zospeum, the creator of this structure, was exhibiting a new and innovative way that will could challenge the way the most simple of building materials – concrete – is used in the future.
With cutting-edge technology that uses up to 30,000 optical fibres per square metre of concrete, allowing light to travel through the fibres from natural or artificial sources, permeating living or work spaces inside. Insulated and strong, it can be used for a multitude of architectural applications.
Eco-friendly by reducing the need for artificial light energy (without the heat the sun through glass would provide, which would in turn call for artificial ventilation) the structural composition also retains privacy. The unique material is robust, with the potential to be produced in storey-high panels creating the literal building blocks of many projects.
Video Credit: Studio Airport