Lafarge is partnering the 24th World Congress of Architecture (UIA2011 TOKYO) from September 25th to October 1st 2011, with construction of the French booth using Ductal®. The performance of Ductal, a fiber-reinforced concrete, allows architects to give free vent to their creativity. The two students from Nantes school of architecture who won the competition to design the stand came up with a very innovative concept for which Ductal® was particularly well suited, allowing the construction of a thin shell just 20mm thick which emphasizes the fluidity of the overall structure.
Ductal® is used all around the world for all sorts of innovative applications, from complex architectural façades to ambitious civil engineering structures. There is a keen interest in this material in Japan. At least 10 bridges and footbridges have been constructed using Ductal® over the past decade, in particular the Sakata-Mirai footbridge (2002) and the Mikaneike footbridge (2007) in Japan. Ductal® is particularly effective for this type of project due to its very high mechanical performances, strong durability and the lightness of the final structures. In 2010, it also contributed to one of the most impressive projects in the world in the bay of Tokyo - the extension of Haneda airport over the sea.
By supporting the Conseil International des Architectes Français (CIAF) and collaborating on the creation of the French stand at the Tokyo congress, Lafarge reaffirms its links to the world of architecture. Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, has been committed to promoting architectural innovation for many years and therefore maintains relations with designers, project owners and the users of its materials. It works with them on the development of its formulations, its products and its solutions, as well as their practical applications, through joint experiments and innovative projects.
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Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 16.2 billion in 2010.
Lafarge was ranked 6th in the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.