Shanghai World Expo 2010: The France Pavilion


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Lafarge is a partner of the France Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo. The Expo is focusing on themes of urbanization, architecture and sustainable construction. The "Seven Wonders of Concrete" presentation illustrates the most spectacular technological initiatives in terms of building materials through symbolic structures. From June 7th, come and vote on our Facebook page for your favorite structure. The structure which wins the most likes will be named Top Wonder of Concrete!

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Shanghai World Expo 2010: The France Pavilion

  1. 1. Shanghai World Expo 2010 The France Pavilion
  2. 2. #1 The France Pavilion and the architect Jacques Ferrier Construction of the France Pavilion began in November 2008. Conceived and designed by architect Jacques Ferrier, it is a symbol of innovative French engineering at the exhibition, which is held from May to October 2010.
  3. 3. #2 The France Pavilion as the “Sensual City” In response to the exhibition’s theme, "Better city, Better life", the France Pavilion is based around the concept of the “Sensual City”. Six senses are focused on: taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing and balance/movement.
  4. 4. #3 The France Pavilion and its masterpieces Masterpieces from the Orsay museum in Paris are displayed inside the Pavilion: Rodin’s "The Age of Bronze", Millet’s "The Angelus", Manet’s "The Balcony", Van Gogh’s "The Dance Hall in Arles", Cézanne’s "Woman with Coffee Pot", Gauguin’s "The Meal" and finally Bonnard’s “The Box”.
  5. 5. #4 The France Pavilion and its concrete mesh Outside the Pavilion, French engineering expertise is illustrated by a concrete mesh - a symbol of power and refinement, encircling it and appearing to float above a lake.
  6. 6. #5 The France Pavilion and its gardens The landscape, a key element of the urban question, is an integral part of the France Pavilion, which is enhanced by vertical gardens.
  7. 7. #6 The France Pavilion and urban planning The France Pavilion illustrates a world in which nature and construction go hand in hand and represent the major challenge of the new form of urban planning.
  8. 8. #7 The France Pavilion and innovative materials Made from Ductal® (ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete) and PLAtec® (tailor-made plasterboard solutions for decoration, fittings and finishing), the Lafarge area inside the Pavilion is dedicated to touch. Lafarge is the world leader in building materials.
  9. 9. #8 Lafarge as the leading supplier at Shanghai 2010 As well as supplying the materials for its own area, Lafarge is the leading supplier of gypsum for Shanghai 2010 – 60% of the exhibition’s pavilions are being made with PLAtec® plasterboard.
  10. 10. #9 Lafarge and the architects Lafarge, partner of the France Pavilion, is already collaborating with the architect Jacques Ferrier for the Hypergreen eco-tower project. The Group has teamed up with the architect again to produce the France Pavilion.
  11. 11. Find all the latest news, videos, real-time information, interviews, conference summaries about Shanghai 2010 on