Lafarge, partner of the new Chinese architecture

22 September 2010

Lafarge has partnered with Architecture Studio to launch a contest dedicated to Chinese architects. This will enable three young winners to present their work at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The prize-giving was held today at the French Architecture Academy, attended by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister, Senator and Chairman of the Fondation Prospective et Innovation, Ma She, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Ambassador to France, and Franck Hammoutène, Chairman of the Architecture Academy.

A tribute to talented young chinesese architects

Architecture Studio launched the competition to promote Chinese architecture and its young talents in the West in the prestigious context of the Venice Architecture Biennale, organized this year with the theme "People meet in Architecture". The winning projects will go on show at Ca'Asi, Architecture Studio's art collective in Venice, from 25th September to 21st November.
The competition was a great success among Chinese architects, with 150 entries received. Following deliberation, the judges selected 11 architects or teams of architects - three winners, a special mention and seven mentions - whose work covers a wide range of contemporary architectural issues. The three winners are:

  • 1st prize: Dong Gong (Vector Architects) from Beijing, for the "Encountering the Memory" project located in Hefei
  • 2nd price: Liu Yichun & Chen Yifeng (Atelier Deshaus) from Shanghai, for the Qinpu Youth Center and Kindergarden of Jiading New Town projects
  • 3rd prize: Wang Zhenfei (HHD - Fun Architectural Design) from Beijing, for projects such as the "Double Infinity" installation and the "YJP Administrative Center".

Lafarge - partner to the world of architecture

For the last 15 years, Lafarge has been developing an active partnership with the world of architecture and a close collaboration with creators using its materials. Lafarge works closely with architects, specifiers and users of its materials. These partnerships translate into support for young architects, participation in events relating to architecture and construction, promotion of books on architectural works, and sharing of its expertise and scientific and technical knowledge in the science of building materials.

Today, the New Chinese Architecture Price is an opportunity for Lafarge to bring its support to young talents who will inspire architectural and urban quality in the China of tomorrow.

Lafarge - a long standing partner of China

Lafarge is especially pleased to support this type of initiative since the Group has been based in China since 1994, and now has more than 30 sites for its three Businesses: Cement, Gypsum, and Aggregates & Concrete. The Group now has nearly 13,000 employees in the country, which accounts for half of global demand for cement. With 24.3 million tons of cement capacity at the end of 2009, China is now one of the most important geographical areas for the Group.

The materials supplied by Lafarge, a recognized player in the Chinese market, have contributed to the construction of numerous structures, including the Grand Theatre in Chongqing, the National Museum of Sciences and Technologies in Beijing or the Shanghai Theatre.


Notes to editors

Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 78,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 15.9 billion in 2009.
In 2010 and for the sixth year in a row, Lafarge was listed in the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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