Embedded Gears with Faux Fluid Make Unique Concrete Countertop

Our fifth and final Honorable Mention winner in our 2010 Concrete Countertop Design Competition:

Our fifth and final Honorable Mention winner in our 2010 Concrete Countertop Design Competition:

O’Dea Design, Dalton, Pa.
Project: O’Dea Kitchen Table/Island, Dalton, Pa.

A concrete countertop that is embedded with gears and other aggregate.The artisan writes: At the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel. This unique element appears to be balancing on three steel posts, creating an openness while still defining the space. The svelte slab curves with the accent wall and uses an integral system of welded steel hidden within the cured concrete. It is then held in place only by gravity, as the legs penetrate the floor and lock into the main structure underneath.

Transmission gears were recessed into the pour, while a valve body was filled with an epoxy to simulate transmission fluid, representing the life force of the space. While it can easily sit six, it’s also comfortable to stand at.

Aesthetic appeal: Shows the unique possibilities of concrete — light and open.

Functionality: Defines the space as well as being a multifunction prep, eating and gathering point.

Creativity: I don’t believe anything quite like this has been done before.

Complements its surroundings: The design of the space is driven by the island as much as its design is driven by the space.

A data processor embedded into this countertop gives a unique appeal to the homeowner.

A look at building the concrete countertop from underneath.

Reinforcing the heavy concrete countertop with steel supports.

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