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Corcrete reimagines terrazzo from waste cork and concrete

Soft meets solid: a lighter alternative to traditional concrete terrazzo is soft to the touch and highly resilient.


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Originating from attempts to make concrete lighter and go further, Corcrete is the result of Cologne-based Studio Niruk’s material experimentation. Using a special production process in partnership with Belgain manufacturers Hartis, the material is crafted from a combination of just concrete, cork and sand, and can be used in various interior applications, from wall coverings, surfaces and furniture. Compared to conventional concrete materials Corcrete is around 40% lighter, thanks to the addition of excess cork granulate from Portuguese cork production, and uses much less sand in the production process – an increasingly scarce resource.

But what makes Corcrete so special? It seems familiar, but at second glance it’s surprising, notes Studio Niruk founder Nina Ruthe. “While the material initially looks like terrazzo, on closer inspection, it reveals a more natural appearance. The first touch of Corcrete also imparts an unexpected sensation: it feels velvety and warm. The natural material cork unfolds its unmistakable visual and tactile aesthetics in combination with the cool concrete.” Inside, the hidden structure of Corcrete is just like terrazzo, with the granules becoming visible once the cast surface is sanded and the vibrant terrazzo effect revealed.

Produced in white, black and grey and available in tile format, the material is produced completely bespoke with no standard dimensions, allowing for flexibility across different projects. “It’s unique and distinct, just like every project,” adds Ruthe.


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