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Seven Wonders of Concrete: Vote for your favourite project


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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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Seven Wonders of Concrete: Vote for your favourite project

  1. 1. The Seven Wonders of Concrete Vote for your favourite project in concrete on
  2. 2. #1 The France Pavilion at 2010 World Expo, in China Conceived and designed by architect Jacques Ferrier, the Pavilion is a symbol of innovative French engineering. Outside the Pavilion, this expertise is illustrated by a concrete mesh - a symbol of power and refinement, encircling it and appearing to float above a lake.
  3. 3. #1 The France Pavilion at 2010 World Expo, in China The Pavilion is based around the concept of the “Sensual City”. Lafarge’s area is dedicated to touch. Made from Ductal® concrete, it is decorated with numerous small multi-colored squares combining photos and samples of decorative concrete.
  4. 4. #2 The Peace Footbridge, in South Korea The Peace Footbridge, designed by Rudy Ricciotti, crosses the Han River to link the island of Sunyudo to the center of Seoul. It was built in 2002 with ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced Ductal® concrete.
  5. 5. #2 The Peace Footbridge, in South Korea "This footbridge has a span of 130 meters but the deck (horizontal platform) is only 3 cm thick!" architect Rudy Ricciotti points out. This exceptional feat was made possible thanks to Ductal® concrete.
  6. 6. #3 The Spinnaker Tower, in United Kingdom The highest tower in England, the Spinnaker Tower rises 170 meters above sea level in Portsmouth. It offers a panoramic view extending for 23 miles (37 km) and boasts 3 different panoramic viewpoints.
  7. 7. #3 The Spinnaker Tower, in United Kingdom The Spinnaker Tower, designed by Scott Wilson Advanced Technology Group, was built in 2004 with Agilia® self-positioning, self-leveling concrete.
  8. 8. #4 The Rion-Antirion Bridge, in Greece Built in 2004 by Gefyra, this bridge links the Peloponnesus with continental Greece. With a length of 2,800 meters, it is the longest suspension bridge ever built.
  9. 9. #4 The Rion-Antirion Bridge, in Greece 750,000 tons of high-performance aggregates were used to ensure the structure is durable and extremely strong. The bridge can resist winds of up to 250 km/h, a collision with an 180,000-ton oil tanker, or an earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale.
  10. 10. #5 The Millau Viaduct, in France Construction of the Millau Viaduct required most of the latest techniques used in the civil engineering sector. Up until then (2004), no worksite had assembled such a concentration of technologies in one place. The Viaduct is now the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world.
  11. 11. #5 The Millau Viaduct, in France With a maximum height of 340 meters, the Millau Viaduc is even higher than the Eiffel Tower. 85,000 m³ (i.e. 206,000 t.) of concrete were used in the construction of this concrete and metal marvel created by architect Norman Foster.
  12. 12. #6 Hypergreen, a tower concept for megalopolises Hypergreen is a multi-function tower concept which respects the environment and was developed for the world's megalopolises. The tower's geographic orientation allows it to capture a maximum of light and wind energy. The tower is able to generate enough energy to meet most of its own needs.
  13. 13. #6 Hypergreen, a tower concept for megalopolises Developed by architect Jacques Ferrier in partnership with Lafarge, the tower was designed around Agilia® self-positioning, self-leveling concrete and ultra- high performance Ductal® concrete.
  14. 14. #7 "Living infrastructure", a study of 4 inhabited bridges In partnership with Lafarge, engineer-architect Marc Mimram proposes 4 innovative bridges suited to specific cities: the "Landscape Bridge" in La Courneuve (France), the "Rooftop Bridge" in Shanghai (China), the “Accommodating Structure" in New York (USA), and the "Inhabited Structure" in Moscow (Russia).
  15. 15. #7 "Living infrastructure", a study of 4 inhabited bridges Generally poorly perceived, infrastructure is too often experienced as a necessary evil in cities. In the context of this study, Ductal® ultra-high performance concrete appears to be the ideal physical solution for creating the engineer-architect's light and inventive forms.
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