BlingCrete luminous concrete sparkling glass beads light reflecting surface

Bring the Bling

Concrete is no longer simply the dull grey surface that gets hidden under something more stylish- it is now becoming something of a modern look to crave (see, for example, Andrea Maffei’s DOT or Kaza Concrete‘s successful rebranding of concrete as a luxurious material). Companies like Lucem have taken it to another level, embedding LEDs to create luminous building materials that provide an atmospheric glow. … Continue reading Bring the Bling

Terrazzo Triumph

The BMW Welt in Munich has been given a frosty new lease of life from none other than Patricia Urquiola. In this large space which acts as showroom, museum, and venue, cutting edge 3D printing technology has created a terrazzo spectacle of the 3,466 square feet (322 square-metre) of flooring. Designed by Urquiola, the colours, shape and style were inspired by the BMW Concept M8 … Continue reading Terrazzo Triumph

The new portal at Sylter Welle is formed from light-transmitting Lucem Lichtbeton concrete

Luminous Landmark

A luminous portal made of fascinating light transmitting concrete has been created on Germany’s most beautiful and expensive island Sylt. Embedded in dunes, and with panoramic views of the North Sea, the Sylter Welle is a unique adventure pool with indoor and outdoor areas. Continue reading Luminous Landmark

OIIQ in Montréal’s Angus Technopôle features HT ventilated ceramic cladding

Catalytic Cladding

The exterior of OIIQ in Montréal’s Angus Technopôle features Agrob Buchtal’s ceramic ventilated cladding,. This has a permanent catalyst, integrated to the ceramic’s glaze that is activated when exposed to light, oxygen and humidity. The result: a hydrophilic surface that uses rain water to eliminate dirt and micro-organisms that accumulate on the cladding. Continue reading Catalytic Cladding

The August restaurant, Göttingen.

Göttingen Greatness

The surface solution for the Augusta restaurant was found in Agrob Buchtal’s Valley range of porcelain stoneware tiles with it’s fine-grain surface and ideal earth-brown colour. The range also provides a wide choice of formats and slip-resistance categories, so that the requirement for a 750 by 750mm tile in the rarely offered R11/B slip-resistance category for the counter area could be satisfied without impairing the visual consistency. Continue reading Göttingen Greatness