Usually a light-guiding material is added to the concrete, usually optical fibres, so that light can penetrate the bricks through the refraction of the light-guiding material.
The transparent concrete block is made up of ordinary concrete and glass fibres, so that this new concrete can transmit light. It was invented by Hungarian architect Aron Rosonić and quickly spread through the industry through exhibitions.
According to the architect himself, the transparent concrete was inspired by a work of art he saw in Budapest, which was made of glass and plain concrete, and the combination of the two inspired him.
The architect he started developing it in 2001, has obtained a patent and is suitable for all types of building construction.
The special wall constructed of transparent concrete allows light to pass directly through, creating a beautiful luminous effect… well start feeling it!
A team of architects from the Italcementi Group have created a ‘transparent concrete’ for the Italian Pavilion using a special resin that allows light to pass right through and into the room, making the whole wall look like a giant window.
The material, called ‘i.light’, has dozens of small holes in its surface that allow light to pass through without compromising the structural integrity.
The holes are only 2-3mm wide, so if viewed from certain angles or from a distance, they are barely noticeable from ordinary concrete.
And Albert Abutov’s use of FIBROTRANS concrete between the guest rooms and the bathrooms is just what the hotel needed, a semi-open separation where sunlight shines through the walls into the bathrooms during the day and business lights through the bathrooms to illuminate the dark bedrooms.
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