The nature of concrete as a material has always been very inspiring to me - it is poured in a liquid state, and it takes its ultimate form as it cures. There is poetry in a material that finds its form as it changes phases. When I see a concrete surface, I always imagine its liquid state, its movement as it is poured. The concept I explored for this design was the expression of flow and movement in a solid form. Creating a single tile design that can generate multiple patterns was critical to the ethos of this idea. ‘Liquid forms’ tile is aesthetically versatile. All the different patterns it generates have unique visual qualities that will give architects and interior designers a rich palette to work with.
Aybars Asci, president and founder of Efficiency Lab for Architecture, is an advocate of research driven design that combines conceptual clarity with analytical processes such as the use of algorithmic tools and building performance modeling. As a practicing architect he has close to 20 years of experience, working on projects located in North America, Central America, Middle East and Asia. As an inventor, he holds a U.S. patent for a high performance enclosure system (Patent # 9003727; approved 4-14-2015). As an educator, he has taught seminars and studios on efficiency, high rise design and environmental systems at The City College of New York, Cornell University, Pratt Institute and Northeastern University. As an environmentalist, he has advocated environmental consciousness at design and policy making platforms. He is a board member of Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience (CUDRR+R). Aybars holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design degree from Columbia University.