Stone in progress
As a second chapter of the project Stone in Process, Envisions collaborated with concrete manufacturer Morssinkhof to further rethink the typical style of making pavements. The designers visited Morssinkhof’s factory, where they adapted their initial design ideas to an industrial level, experimenting with the machinery to discover new design possibilities.
Manipulating the machines that usually wash out a batch, the designers discovered a technique that uses the pressure and the path of the water to create patterns in the stones’ surface. These partly washed out stains show aggregates in the concrete with various colours in subtle contrast with the cement finish of the rest of the stone.
Experimentations with variations in intensities and directions of water jets in the surface were produced, resulting in a seemingly spontaneous stone, which recalls the typical moorlands found close to the city.
Photos: Ronald Smits