In the house of the Böings, everything revolves around light: daylight, artificial light, indirect light, light in various colors and temperatures, luminaires, reflections of pool water, illuminated screen walls. The reason behind it: the lighting designer Rainer Böing has a particular penchant for light, and many of his ideas are implemented in his newly built house in the city of Rhede in Germany. A screen wall was necessary to shield the pool and the surrounding garden from street view. It’s not just any ordinary wall, but a truly individual one. And here as well, light is intended to play a special role.
When Böing, as light planner, came across light-transmitting concrete from Lucem, the decision was quickly reached. The solution was in the form of a screen wall comprised of four concrete and eight light-transmitting concrete panels in varying and alternating arrangements. In each arrangement there are three panels on top of each other and four in a row next to each other, including vertical steel connections. This results in a screen wall 4.80 m wide and 2.0 m high that optically and harmoniously blends into the modern façade of the house.
Like natural stone
Non-illuminated during the day, the Lucem light-transmitting concrete has the appearance of smooth-ground natural stone, but when lit up from behind by the glass fibers embedded in the luminaires, it appears translucent. The silhouettes of the plants behind the wall shimmer through the solid concrete and create interesting light effects.
The color-matched purely concrete panels of the screen wall have the same grain as the eight light-transmitting panels. This gives the wall a uniform optical appearance during the day, while the light-transmitting panels, when illuminated at night, show their translucent effect and an interplay with the opaque, purely concrete panels.
Imposing rays of light
Lucem light-transmitting concrete is characterized by unique properties and an attractive visual appearance. It is robust and completely weatherproof, like normal natural stone. This makes it suitable for use inside and outside, for walls and floors, for tables and benches, and also provides special light effects. Fascinating illumination, translucent and yet solid screen walls, room divider elements, decorative wall cladding – which at the same time provide atmospheric mood light – Lucem light transmitting concrete can be used for many applications: from illuminated stairs, bright worktops, effective display cases and shelves, to unusual light, shade, and color scenarios for designing color façades, patios, and access ways.
Equipped with LED-based lighting technology, Lucem light-transmitting concrete can glow in white or colored light in more than 16 million colors. Light scenarios can also be adjusted as gradients or as alternating multicolors – even to match the music.