What the architects say

 

Discover their aspirations, concerns, language and metaphors! The architects take the floor.

Frédéric Borel – French National School of Architecture

Frédéric Borel sees the role of an architect as carrying out work that no computer can do as each project is a forward-looking personal interpretation requiring a highly global approach. He is the architect of the new École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris-Val de Seine (National School of Architecture), France, a new building in a former factory.

Rudy Ricciotti – Peace Bridge in Seoul, South Korea

"With the arrival of ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete, we are moving into a new industrial era. Architects are like test pilots on the runway, ready to take off... and we're trading our propeller engines for jets! The Peace Bridge in Seoul spans 130 m but its deck is only 3 cm thick! The concrete slims down until it becomes no more than a delicate whisper."

Ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete

Ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete is an innovative construction material. The addition of metal fibers increases its resistance 6-fold compared to standard concrete and also increases its durability.

Rémy Marciano – Cosec Ruffi Gymnasium, France

"I chose concrete because I wanted to restore and embellish its good name. This material is very widespread is seldom accepted by inhabitants. Unlike smooth, architectonic concrete, the surface treatment I have chosen evokes the haphazard poetry of gathered materials used to build the fishermen's huts that characterize this region. The choice of materials is, for me, part of the architectural research, an important element during my reflections on the construction, framework and covering of the building. Consequently, the concrete used for the gymnasium goes well beyond its role as a construction material and becomes the building's skin."

Zaha Hadid – Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany

"In this center, visitors are confronted with unusual spaces: the floors are not built one above the other and the blocks rest on cones, which may rise through them. In addition to these architectural aspects, the building is currently the biggest construction in Europe built using self-compacting concrete. Without this new type of concrete, the building's shapes, fretwork angles, curves, interrupted planes and outcroppings would have been more difficult to produce."

Marrec & Combarel – Bus Center in Thiais, France

"This building rises out of the concrete surface of the bus parking area like an organic outcrop. By striking a chord between the structural characteristics of ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete and its malleable qualities, Ductal® has achieved the ever challenging feat of blending the building and its foundation into a coherent unit."

Bibliography

Architectures du béton: Nouvelles vagues, nouvelles recherches, by Jean-Louis Cohen and Martin Moeller, published in May 2006 by Editions Hors Collection.

 

Making of - Phare & Hypergreen Towers, by Jacques Ferrier, architect, published in February 2007 by Editions Archives d'Architecture Moderne (A.A.M.), Ante Prima.

Completed architectural projects

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