by , 05/08/05
filed under: Architecture, Treehouses

Brutalists look out. A new type of concrete has been developed, and it looks almost ethereal. Images of LiTraCon, the Light Transmitting concrete – make it look strangely like styrofoam. Hungarian architect Ron Losonczi invented this stuff three years, by embedding optical glass fibers into concrete. LitraCon has the strength of traditional concrete, but light can pass through it (through the glass fibers). Walls made LitraCon allow silhouettes of the outside world to be transmitted into the interior of a building. This stuff looks amazing. I think the image below is a digital representation as opposed to a real photograph, but I’m not totally sure. I can’t wait to see some buildings made out of this.

Did I mention this guy Losonczi is only 27? Nice going, Ron.


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  1. pittore December 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Some guys in Mexico invented a real translucent concrete, like glass !,just add water and you got it !! Think the name is Concretos Translucidos . (ilum)?

  2. maryam sohail May 30, 2009 at 2:15 am

    HOW CAN WE GO FOR IT………………….???

  3. Jade Hobson January 4, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    If anyone has information as to where translucent concrete can be puschased, kindly let me know.

    Thank you,

  4. Mieke January 9, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    i love your tree ^.^

  5. sonia mcgarrah September 11, 2005 at 11:12 pm

    I’m ready to buy it as soon as it is made available. When ? where? and how much?

  6. ARIF MASOUD August 13, 2005 at 2:42 am

    Sounds lovely.. The striking-est memory of conc is its visual blockage of natural light… and if this is evolved into a light transmiting surface…absolutely great. It is wonderful to imagine its applications… Three cheers to the inventors !!
    Now: If I want to specify for a very important project.. who should I contact???

  7. g busch June 5, 2005 at 8:15 pm

    Fantastic possibilites. Best thing to happen to concrete since the Romans.

  8. Donovan Mramba June 4, 2005 at 4:41 pm

    I think transluscent concrete is a masterpiece, seeing engineering being so productive really stimulates our brains as civil engineering students.Though it’s kinda freeky when one thinks of a peaceful sleep in isolated areas. The thought of being watched during you sleep. Can someone see your shadow from the outside?

  9. Ron Cook June 2, 2005 at 3:39 am

    :-) This is outstanding. Just think of the possibilities. A few little tweaks and we have buildings that can let natural light in without losing strength by adding windows. Next will come buildings that can be cast, and the possibilities remain endless.

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