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Thanks to its long-standing focus on research and development, Lafarge has contributed to major advances in the construction industry. See construction projects that use Lafarge's most innovative materials.

Hypergreen, a multi-function tower concept

The Hypergreen tower project, developed by architect Jacques Ferrier in partnership with Lafarge, was designed around Agilia® self-positioning, self-leveling concrete and ultra-high performance Ductal® concrete.

Hypergreen is a 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.

The Peace Bridge in Seoul, South Korea

The Peace Bridge, designed by architect 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 Ductal® concrete.

"This footbridge has a span of 130 meters but the deck (horizontal platform) is only 3 cm thick!" Rudy Riciotti points out. This exceptional feat was made possible thanks to Ductal®.

The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

The Spinnaker Tower, designed by Scott Wilson Advanced Technology Group, was built in 2004 with Agilia® self-positioning, self-leveling concrete.

The highest tower in England, it rises 170 meters above sea level. The Spinnaker Tower offers a panoramic view extending for 23 miles (37 km) and boasts 3 different panoramic viewpoints.

 

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. 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.

Millau Viaduc, in France

With a maximum height of 340 meters, the Millau Viaduc is even higher than the Eiffel Tower. 35,000 tons of cement were used in the construction of this concrete and metal marvel.

Ocho al Cubo, Chile

Eight of Chile's finest architects were invited to design their ideal house in the luxurious setting of the Marbella seaside resort. They produced spacious white houses in a variety of styles. However, they had one point in common: their use of architectonic Lafarge Premix concrete (over 2,500 m³).

Through this project, Lafarge established itself as the reference for architectonic concrete and consolidated its reputation among architects.

Eco-City, South Africa

The Eco-City Project was launched by the W.W.F. and local N.G.O.s in a deprived township of Johannesburg. The project builds low-cost, environment-friendly housing and makes it available to families at the lowest end of the income scale. The overall goal is to reduce pollution and poverty in the township.

The project focuses on passive solar heating, rainwater recovery and the use of recyclable materials. Lafarge provided the cement which was mixed with polystyrene scrap to produce cost-effective insulation panels.

Concrete and cement also have a role to play in sustainable construction!

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Research interests

Research interests of the Group are closely based on the needs and specificities of the markets where the Group operates.

A better understanding of our customers' needs and of the way they use our products enables us to develop truly innovative products, systems and solutions.

LafargeHolcim. Cement, aggregates, Concrete.