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Durabric – the secret behind the Droneport shell

Board inspects Foundation's footprint at the Venice Biennale 2016

The Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, Pritzker Prize winner 2016, guided his fellow Board members of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction through the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice including the prototype Droneport shell which is made of Durabrics from LafargeHolcim. It consists of 18,000 bricks made of compressed earth and cement. The product was optimized by the LafargeHolcim Research Centre in Lyon to meet the specific requirements of the project. 

The challenge was to ensure a compressive strength of at least 10 MPa of the building blocks, while minimizing the weight and size by comparison to the standard Durabric which is supplied by LafargeHolcim to build basic infrastructure and affordable housing in emerging parts of the world. 

VIDEO: Durabric – the secret behind the Droneport shellTo learn more about how the Droneport together with Durabrics can improve the quality of life, watch the video to the left including statements by architect Norman Foster, structural engineer John Ochsendorf, ODB project leader Hannes Hofmann as well as LafargeHolcim CEO Eric Olsen, and Carlos Espina, head of the LafargeHolcim Research Centre. 

Last Updated: June 28, 2016
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