Memorial 16:9 Memorial Park Abu Dhabi Kuwait 16:9 Restaurant & Cafe Kuwait City London old Mosque facade Abu Dhabi
London new Entrance area London
Babor 16:9 Translucent touch to solid concrete Max 16:9 Surface finish Customized labels
Karsten 16:9 Handcraft Meets customization Chapel 16:9 Prayer room Cloppenburg Cube 16:9 Seating cubes For outdoor and indoor Therme 16:9 Thermal Spa Bad Staffelstein Workshop 16:9 Tradition in every detail Since 2007 Durag 16:9 Wall cladding Hamburg
About us
Who we are

Founded in 2007 as a start-up from RWTH Aachen University, LUCEM developed worldwide activities and provided customized artwork references with shining concrete.

Dr. Andreas Roye is the highly engaged founder of Lucem! He has a master’s and a Ph.D. degree from RWTH University in Aachen since 2007 and immediately founded his own company to design the world with stunning light solutions.

Today, 2020, LUCEM provides a full package for installations of high-class indoor and outdoor illumination.  We are passionate to provide premium full-service solutions and stunning light designs for the world.

Interview
Meet The Founder

Old craft reinterpreted
Beginning as a start-up of the RWTH Aachen University, we now produce translucent concrete for international design and architectural projects. In the spirit of a manufacturing company, we still produce by hand in small quantities or on request – all unique pieces, tailored to our customers’ projects.
Driven by the need to offer the increasingly virtual and practical world a functional and atmospheric-aesthetic counterpart in which the appreciation of the work is visible in the result, too, here is where it all started with Andreas Roye:

How did it come?
While working with concrete every day, researching and developing it, you still sometimes need a spontaneous inspiration; in retrospect I wonder why it took so long. After all, placing glass fiber bundles in concrete, letting it dry and testing how stable the fibers are were processes that I had carried out many times before during my time as a research assistant at the RWTH Aachen University. Then, one day another test took place to assess the anchoring of the glass fiber bundles in the concrete. In this “pull-out test”, fiber bundles are pulled out of the finished concrete and then a lamp is used to determine which fibers break first. And there it was, my intuition: Why not integrate the fibers into the concrete in such a way that they can shine intentionally? – The idea for light transmitting concrete was born.
To this point I already was fascinated by concrete and its possibilities, otherwise I would not have done research for my doctoral thesis in the field of “textile-reinforced concrete”, as well as I had knowledge of the materials concrete and glass fibers. But it probably needed this one specific experiment until I realized that light transmitting concrete is what I want to do. From then on, there was really only one way to go: to found Lucem and start production. Nobody could foresee that the first project we realized would directly become an international one.

Nevertheless, Lucem is a local business…
Despite the worldwide demand for our translucent concrete, we have regional roots – and want to stick to them. This is a crucial factor for us. Here is where it all began, here is our home, there has always been a connection with the city and its history.
And it couldn’t be more fitting: because by means of the three main components of our light transmitting concrete, old Aachen traditions merge, too: textile industry, lamp production and quarry. If not here, where else should we manufacture our light transmitting concrete? In this spirit we connect and continue the individual trades in a progressive manner. We bring the materials in their interaction to a higher level, show what they are capable of in their combination as light concrete and what breathtaking implementations are possible. We give life to each of its rigid, static components and create therefore beauty and elegance – worldwide.

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Our Team
Our Workshop

For some, it may be just concrete, while we think it is a material with countless possibilities. We have been working on it to make the world more atmospheric and more functional with our light transmitting concrete for over 10 years now.

From the very beginning, we produce, develop and distribute our individually adapted and handmade products worldwide to offer stunning lighting designs and solutions that contribute to a unique experience of the material.

Handmade surface finish is part of our working process.

Different approaches of our designers, engineers & craftsmen result in a combination of light and concrete perfectly matched to each project.

Our Team
Our Workshop

For some, it may be just concrete, while we think it is a material with countless possibilities. We have been working on it to make the world more atmospheric and more functional with our light transmitting concrete for over 10 years now.

From the very beginning, we produce, develop and distribute our individually adapted and handmade products worldwide to offer stunning lighting designs and solutions that contribute to a unique experience of the material.

Handmade surface finish is part of our working process.

Different approaches of our designers, engineers & craftsmen result in a combination of light and concrete perfectly matched to each project.

Our Material
Craftsmanship meets technology

Our light transmitting concrete is based on the interaction of its three main components – concrete, fibres and light. The principle: special glass fibres are embedded in the concrete. When artificial or natural light hits the fibres, light is transmitted through the concrete – making it shine.
Sounds simple, but a sure instinct is needed to achieve the appropriate result in the manual production process. This is because the fibres are laid into the concrete carefully by hand – either layer by layer or individually and well dispersed, depending on the end product.
Factors such as distribution, flow velocity and ambient temperature influence the result anew each time, but always make our light transmitting concrete truly unique!

Our Products
Concrete, Lighting & Design

Setting the scene

Our handcrafted light transmitting concrete sets deliberately accents and surprising highlights – both as wall cladding and luminous objects. Thanks to its play of light and shadow, it is not only functional and decorative but also guarantees impressive effects. – And to ensure that this succeeds, we take care of the planning, development and assembly if desired.

Our Customers
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Get in touch

Lucem Lichtbeton

Philipsstraße 8
52068 Aachen, Germany

+49 241 4468353 0

info@lucem.de

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Creating something new together:
No matter which architectural or design project – we find the right solution for wow effects. Just contact us!