La Cité de l'Architecture in Paris organizes, in partnership with Lafarge, the exhibition "Ricciotti, Architecte". Thirty iconic projects recounting the creative adventure of a pioneer and ambassador of concrete.
Innovative concretes supporting Rudy Ricciotti's architectural daring
For more than fifteen years, we've put our technical innovations at the service of architect Rudy Ricciotti's creativity. Ultra thin bridge deck, concrete lattice, white shells and black skeletons: Rudy Ricciotti gives our concretes a wide range of colors and shapes. When designing the Peace footbridge in Seoul in 1999, he was the first one to believe in the potential of our ultra high performance concrete, Ductal®. A pioneer and ambassador's initiative which paves the way to numerous architects. We support these designers by proposing the most innovative solutions. Together, we also develop our products in order to best serve their imagination.
The exhibition runs from April 10th to September 8th, 2013, at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris (France). Rudy Ricciotti’s universe is seen through a selection of thirty architectural works. As partner of the Cité de l’Architecture and of the exhibition, Lafarge raises its hat to the talent and daring of the architect, poet of materials and shapes, and concrete ambassador.
Ultra high performance concrete Ductal® offers unprecedented strength, ductility, shock-resistance, aesthetics and longevity qualities allowing the achievement of larger, thinner and lighter pieces of work. It fits the most daring and most inventive architects’ ideas.
Lafarge and Rudy Ricciotti: eight projects and a long story
Peace Footbridge in Seoul (Korea) - 2001
With its 120 meter length, the Peace Footbridge in Seoul is the biggest footbridge achieved to date with Ductal®. The intrinsic mechanical qualities of the material made the construction of this spectacular arch built without central support, happen.
© Photo Philippe Ruault
The Black Pavilion in Aix-en-Provence (France) - 2006
With its black concrete frame which features its glass heart, the black Pavillion, national choreographic center of the Preljocaj Ballet, makes materials dance just like its dancers on 3,000 m². A true place for unlimited free expression and creativity!
© Photo Philippe Ruault
The Devil Bridge in Gignac (France) - 2008
The 1.80 m height and 70 m length footbridge of the Devil Bridge is structured around a single span bridge composed of fifteen precast pieces made out of Ductal®. A first in Europe!
© Photo Laurent Boudereaux
Villa Navarra in Provence (France) - 2009
Hidden in the trees, the Villa Navarra, a private Art Gallery blend in the Provencal landscape just like a “watchman leaning on the slope of the maquis”. The culmination of this metaphor is the roof of the villa made out of Ductal®, an immense visor spreading out over 40 meter length and cantilever mounted.
© Photo Magali Darga
Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton (France) - 2011
Drawings, paintings, photos and film extracts. The works of the famous French artist Jean Cocteau are displayed in a safe haven on the shores of the Mediterranean sea in a remarkable shell made out of white concrete, which rifts with irregular contours remind, according to Rudy Ricciotti "the loose features of the artists’ drawings".
© Photo Eric Dulière
The Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre Museum in Paris (France) - 2012
The collection of the Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre Museum is enhanced by a majestic setting which honors black selfplacing concrete Agilia®, and ultra high performance concrete Ductal®.
The Mediterranean and Europe Civilization Museum (MuCEM) in Marseille - June 2013
The MuCEM is the first building of this caliber with a structure made out of ultra-high performance concrete Ductal®, resisting to earthquakes, to the coastal corrosive environment as well as to operating loads. Its lattice, also made out of Ductal®, is composed of 400 panels covering two facades and the roof of the museum. Ductal® also allowed achieving two footbridges linking the new building of the MuCEM to the other site of the museum and to the city of Marseille.
© Photo Lisa Ricciotti
Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris - coming soon in 2013
Present in the rugby history since 1925, the Jean Bouin stadium has been redesigned to host 20,000 spectators (instead of 5,000 initially). It is covered with a lattice made out of Ductal® which shelters the spectators from rain and wind while playing the role of an acoustic barrier. This envelope contains glass inclusions on the roof, and constitutes one of the most innovative construction systems which required about 3 years of studies and tests.
© Photo Nanick Guihodo