The new Swiss embassy in Abidjan is a classic Swiss building that rises out of a totally different geo-climatic context. The Swiss firm LOCALARCHITECTURE drew its inspiration from the city’s Modernist heritage when designing the slab roof, covered gallery and “floating” base of the embassy. LafargeHolcim Côte d’Ivoire brought this vision to life by providing 100% of the cement used on the project.
Offering a lower carbon material palette
The material palette was perfectly adapted to the customer’s functional specifications, which included the request to use a low-carbon cement product. With this in mind, our teams in the Côte d’Ivoire recommended using our CEM II product for its reduced environmental impact.
This cement solution can be used in all types of construction and infrastructure projects and has the least amount of clinker. The production of clinker is responsible for a large proportion of cement's carbon footprint. As a substitute, CEM II incorporates by-products from other industries, such as slag from steel production or fly ash from coal-fired power plants.
In addition to its environmental benefits, CEM II delivers high level mechanical performance and great workability. Not to mention it improves the long-term strength of concrete for buildings that last longer!