designers light up concrete blocks on the beaches of san diego

designers light up concrete blocks on the beaches of san diego

‘conQrete light’ is a lighting fixture of california-based designers zhuoxin fang and qianqian xu’s series and the first prototype of their ‘conQrete light-city’ series. aiming at incorporating some warmth into the cold raw material, the piece is inspired by the cold urban concrete forest in our cities and the warm natural light shower from the sun during the daytime.

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on coronado beach during sunset



concrete exists with a sense of coldness while light always brings warmness, both mentally and physically. the contrast between the cold and warm is essential to this design. after several tests of materials, the designers found optical fiber, which is a thin translucent flexible fiber with a glass core through which light can be transported with very little loss of strength. what is great about this material is that the light transportation function inside the fiber will not be affected when surrounded by concrete.

the fiber is only seen when the lights are on



to make the concrete more special, the designers added sand from san diego into the mix — within 30 miles of the coastline, there are three different colors of sand on the beaches: white, yellow and black. as a result, there are three natural color hues for the concrete finish.

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before sunset with lights on



‘when we light up the conQrete lights on the beaches after sunset, the light pattern on the surface is both subtle and strong, which is embraced by the beach and ocean, giving a profound power into the eyes and mind through the light,’ say the designers.



before sunset with lights off


lighting pattern on the concrete surface


designers light up concrete blocks on the beaches of san diego designboom
creating lighting patterns on the surface of concrete architecture or monument


the pattern variations


different combinations as furniture and artworks


concrete details with local marks


the unique concrete mix for the light


the process of inserting optical fiber into the concrete light


three types of sand from san diego beaches


product info:


name: conQrete lights

design: zhuoxin fang and qianqian xu


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