All waste baby!
Waste Terrazzo is an innovative concrete surface formed entirely from Brisbane's construction and demolition waste. By hacking into the city's construction cycle, Five Mile Radius has created Australia’s only concrete surface made entirely from waste. Used as a benchtop, table or seat, each unique made-to-order Waste Terrazzo combines excess wet concrete with crushed demolition waste to create a beautiful and customizable surface.
The low down
Production of concrete accounts for over 8% of worldwide carbon emissions. In fact, cement is the second most consumed resource in the worldafter water and we require innovation at every step of the supply chain.
The concrete in our Waste Terrazzo is sourced from building sites when more wet concrete is supplied than required. At present, builders often have no choice but to dump this excess on site or into landfill. Instead, Five Mile Radius has designed a time critical system to intercept this wet concrete off our construction community, transport it to our workshop, and pour it into our pre-prepared moulds.
Five Mile Radius is proud of this unique intervention. Our Waste Terrazzo surface presents one simple and scalable solution to a worldwide problem.
How is it made?
At the Five Mile Studio, we prepare purpose built concrete moulds for our benches. When our wet concrete arrives, we add further crushed construction waste, creating a unique pattern in the surface of each bench. After curing, the surface is ground, polished and sealed with a natural hard wax.
Each Waste Terrazzo surface is unique. We use waste supplied from different sources and therefore each surface has slight variations. Customers are welcome to take place in the design of their piece, and discuss the colours and materials they’d like to see in their finished product.
Waste Terrazzo is available in a range of sizes.
Our original round Waste Terrazzo Bench is an 800mm diameter slab. Our timber leg version works as a indoor coffee table, our stainless steel leg version can be used as a table or seat, inside or out.
We also create Waste Terrazzo in custom sizes for use as a countertop, bathroom vanity, custom tabletop or bench seat. Pricing is generally based on a square meter rate. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and view our brochure for some examples of our custom work.
The Waste Terrazzo bench was developed as part of 'Waste Piles' - an installation for the Botanica Festival 2019. Responding to the festival's theme ‘Remnant Landscapes’ our concrete tables, made entirely from local construction waste, aimed to spark a dialogue about often unseen remnants of our city’s creation. In particular, our installation focused on the everyday dumping of virgin concrete, deconstructed ceramics, discarded building plastics and other wastes.
Custom slabs and tables are priced on request.
Original Coffee table
800mm diameter table.
Stainless steel leg - $760
Timber leg - $760