An architectural highlight is light transmitting concrete. This was also recognized by Deka Immobilien resulting in realizing a reception area of an office building in Frankfurt with a counter cladding made with LUCEM light transmitting concrete.
The translucent concrete transports the light from the back side to the surface using the embedded optical fibers. Thus, the surface begins to fascinatingly shine from within. When the backlighting is switched off, the concrete surface has a calm, natural stone-like appearance; when the backlighting is on, it shines in exciting, surprising materiality. Special lighting effects can be achieved by colored backlighting. Logos, inscriptions, patterns and a wide range of light colors can be realized with different techniques.
For the tailor-made reception desk in Frankfurt, a wooden carcass was clad with LUCEM panels. Details such as miter cuts on the front panels complete the masterpiece of craftmanship. As an individual piece of furniture, the counter also offers hidden integrated PC workstations, storage areas and writing pads.
The installation method uses aluminum brackets to hold the LUCEM panels. Slabs in the format of 120 x 60 cm with a thickness of 2 cm and the color white have been used.
On request LUCEM also produces large format panels and individual formats. The standard colors are anthracite and white. The processing of LUCEM light concrete slabs is similar to the processing of natural stone.
The lighting technology consists of high-power LED stripes on the front surface of the wooden body. These LED stripes are arranged in such a way that the light goes directly into the LUCEM panels. This results in a very uniform illumination - with a corresponding installation space of 10 cm
Energy-saving LED technology ensures minimal energy consumption. In addition to white light, colors and color gradients can be realized, as well as individually controlled panels or lighting scenarios via software.
Client: Deka Immobilien
Architect: ATP Frankfurt Planungs GmbH
Material: LUCEM LINE white
Format: 120 cm x 60 cm
Thickness: 20 mm
Installation: Ulrich Kaross Schreinermeister GmbH