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CEMEX collaborates with renowned architect in the construction of Meudon-la-Forêt Cultural Center in France

Date published: January 8, 2013

CEMEX in France’s Advanci® Architectonique white concrete was the ideal building material to mix with a light yellow pigment to give the façades of the future Meudon-la-Forêt Cultural Center the look of a stone building. This fulfils the wish of renowned architect David Serero to integrate the structure into its environment by evoking the current colours of buildings in Île-de-France limestone from the 1960s.

CEMEX in France provides white concrete for Cultural Center

“We had a lot of questions about the types of concrete, bearing in mind the specific technical difficulties of the project. Finally, we obtained a gold-white that evokes Île-de-France limestone and is in harmony with the surrounding buildings by the architect Fernand Pouillon, a disciple of Le Corbusier,” says David Serero.

David Serero has quickly built a name for himself as an innovative designer. In 2002 he was named by Surface Magazine as one of the Top Ten Avante Garde Designers. In 2004, he won the first prize in the International Competition for the Hellenikon Metropolitan Park in Athens, Greece. In 2005, Serero received the Villa Médicis award for a research fellowship at the French Academy in Rome, where he developed the concept of “Variable Configuration Acoustical Domes”, a research on Acoustical Domes, which can dynamically adjust their shapes to modify acoustical behavior and performance of a given space. His work has been widely published and exhibited in shows at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), at the Architectural League of New York, the Venice Biennale, and the Mori Museum in Tokyo.

CEMEX, the sole supplier of concrete for the project, is the ideal building partner for the construction, as it required industry-leading expertise to comply with the architectural, aesthetic, and logistical challenges presented by the ambitious vision of David Serer. Fifteen samples were produced in order to determine the desired color. The formulation adopted required a mix of 70% white cement with 30% limestone additions and 1 kg special pigment. The choice of colour was important in order to meet local residents’ wishes. Pouring took place into form panels with stainless steel skins, using pouring chutes that passed through the pre-frames of the openings in order to avoid the formation of air pockets. For safety reasons, the 9-meter walls were poured in two successive layers and with the progressiveness required by self-compacting concrete.

The Meudon-la-Forêt Cultural Center will offer the municipality’s inhabitants modern amenities open to everyone. Structured around a 400-seat theatre, it will host a huge range of artistic activities. Music, theatre, painting, and sculpture workshops, a multimedia laboratory and a recording studio will allow amateurs to express the variety of their talents starting in September 2013, the expected opening date.

CEMEX is one of the world's top producers of white cement. Customers use this specialty product in architectural works requiring great brightness and artistic finishes, to create mosaics and artificial granite, and for sculptural casts and other applications where white prevails.

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