World’s First LED Concrete Wall Illuminated In Germany

Concrete, while very versatile, is a pretty boring building material. Grey and opaque, it’s utilized for its affordability and utility rather than beauty. But a new concrete facade in Germany aims to give the reliable material a colorful face lift.

Designed by German concrete manufacturer LUCEM, the facade features light transmitting concrete panels in a variety of vibrant hews. Only recently opened to the public, the display pushes the boundary of technology, design, and architecture in one fell swoop.

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Image via LUCEM

The project, which is on display in Aachen, Germany, features 136 rectangular concrete panels that contain optical fibers. Each panel is fitting with color-changing technology, with the colors becoming brighter approximately one hour before sunset. The LED-panels are controlled using an internet-based DMX technology system, with each panel containing 3 percent optical fibres, reports World Architecture News.

The LED-infused panels can be controlled independently meaning it only takes a second to turn the entire wall into a single display screen. The light shows on the screen can be controlled via the internet or a mobile device and interactive elements as well as text and logos can be displayed on the screen.

The opportunities for light-emitting concrete are enormous. It literally means any internal or external wall could be transformed into a display piece, creating opportunities for advertising and communication without adding flat screen televisions or sky-blocking billboards.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

    • levia jack

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    • Analog61

      Beautiful material. I find it telling that the first potential mentioned for this new concrete is for yet more pervasive advertising and other “communication”. To identify buildings and roadways, and actually reduce signage, OK. But who thinks that it will actually mean less to look at, and not yet more competition for our already overtaxed eyeballs?
      Otherwise, it’s a lovely design material. I’d use it in landscaping and for home security.

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