here’s the material I’ve been raving about all semester in red studio. Fiber concrete.
First of all, it’s TRANSLUCENT, not transparent. Also, I think Photoshop lends a hand in these renderings to make them more dramatic.
But think it through: The level of light intensity to make it obvious is probably quite high, like direct sunlight. Note all the imags: you always see a shadow cast against the concrete. Also, those images have been around for at least five years, if not longer. I know of no single building that has used it. So maybe it doesn’t work so well?
It fills a special place in architecture talk: a magical material that will reinvent the field, such as reinforced concrete did and steel before it. Maybe in time, but not quite yet.
Translucent concrete is a relatively new product and can enhance many landscape feature in homes and will become more popular as time goes on.It will only improve with new science and technology.Maybe one day it will be as transparent as glass.
Transparent aluminum is finally here! (Currently only in very, very small quantities, for very, very brief amounts of time):
Yaah. I hope the physicists are now finally a step closer to the all encompassing universal theory of “transparent opaqueness.” That will be a real “theory of relativity,” then everything can be used for everything, completely interchangeable, no use for specific material properties. Wow. :)
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