happy concrete

Cold, grey, raw and rigid: concrete may be one of the most widely used man-made materials but its implementation often falls short of being inspirational. Concrete can take any shape or form, so why not aim for a softer look and feel? In an attempt to spice-up the mundane image of the stone-like mass that dominates our urban environment, Pol hacks the pouring process by intervening at different stages of building. Through various experiments with pigments, texture and casting, he gives the construction material an aesthetic uplift, envisioning it as a tactile skin for the exterior of buildings or an amiable addition to floors and interior walls. By warming the monumental material for atmospheric purposes, the designer – both literally and figuratively – gives colour to concrete.