This Groundbreaking Lightweight Concrete Uses 55% Less Material

By: Amelia Roblin - Dec 24, 2015
References: holedeck & archdaily
Innovation in the field of construction is about more than inventing increasingly impressive materials; this lightweight concrete demonstrates that we can find ways to work with what we've got for a much more eco-friendly outcome. The revolutionary Holedeck system applies an old recipe to a new mold, enabling more than half of the load to be shed.

The trick is in the honeycomb sculpting of hollowed coffers with visible voids where there might otherwise be concrete filled in. The repeated shapes in the structural grid-work have been engineered to be incredibly strong, performing as supportive ceilings and floors in large-scale buildings. Inspired by Rem Koolhaas' developments in lightweight concrete, this innovative idea should be further explored for the more economical and ecological future of infrastructure.