France: LafargeHolcim's Ductal® concrete visits the Musée d’Art Moderne in Lille

13 January 2011

The Musée d'Art Moderne in Lille, in northern France, now has a new perforated façade made of LafargeHolcim's Ductal® concrete. The building, which was constructed in 1983, was renovated and enlarged in 2010.


The new façade of the extension, designed by architect Manuelle Gautrand, is composed of mesh panels made from LafargeHolcim's Ductal® concrete with a total surface area of 185m². The ductile properties of the material made it possible to produce large but thin openwork panels with randomly dispersed openings - something impossible to create using traditional concrete. The panels are up to 5.5m wide, between 3m and 8m high and a maximum of 7cm to 9cm thick.

The museum's artworks, which are often fragile, are now protected from harsh light thanks to the natural lighting provided by the perforated Ductal® panels (30% of their surface area is open).