Iraqi ceramics from the 7th century, Egyptian ivories from the Fatimids period, 17th century Iranian rugs... The artistic heritage of Islam presented by the Louvre museum is exhibited in a showcase of glass and concrete, designed by architects Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti: the new Department of Islamic Arts.
Selected for their structural and aesthetic qualities, LafargeHolcim concretes are in fact an integral part of this new museum space which construction required a total of 5,800 m³ of concrete. Predominantly black, LafargeHolcim's Agilia® self-placing concrete brings a special scope to the collection: depth perception of spaces and emphasizing the exhibited items. It was used for:
- floor supporting columns,
- as well as the 16 meter long staircase linking the lower ground and ground floor levels. This staircase, injected from the base in one single pouring, forms a sculptural piece which contributes to the fluidity of the various spaces.
LafargeHolcim's Ductal® ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) is also used in the frame supporting the Mamluk porch, one of the major pieces of the exhibition, as well as on the steps and risers of the staircase, and in the corridors linking the building to the other museum rooms.