Speaking of cement, the most popular thought of people is monotony or heavy. The traditional cement, as one of the widely used material of architecture, is being regarded as a representation of industrial architecture with simple color and dim light. However, a new material-translucent cement nowadays totally changed people’s impression for which light can easily through the cement and refract in the inner space of cement, making the cement luminous. By adding optical refractive fiber in cement, architects and scientists create the translucent cement and bring a new experience to the people. The new material not only has the advantages of cement but also possesses a beautiful appearance.
Translucent material as a new material with ecological and fashionable advantages is widely used in architecture. And one of the most famous building made by translucent stone is Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in the Yale University. As a windowless rectangular building, the library keep light because of the walls which are made by the translucent stones. In the day time, the library even not need to use artificial lights to illuminate the inner space.
Features and advantages
- a) Nature, eco-friendly and fashionable
- b) High viscosity and clarity
- c) Durable
- d) Fire resistant, water proof, can be applied in web environment.
- e) Ecological
- f) Easy to clean and maintain
- g) Resistance to chemicals
- a) Heavy
- b) Difficult to delivery, have to be well packed and protected