Paris: Concrete comes to the Place de la République!

1 October 2013

With 60% of the Place de la République in Paris dedicated to road traffic, it had become a large cumbersome intersection with no redeeming features as an attractive urban square. But that was before LafargeHolcim and its concretes became involved in June 2013, transforming the space into the largest pedestrian area in the French capital, combining aestheticism and sociability. And making Paris even more beautiful than it already is!


The statue of La République has come into its own in the center of a popular and lively esplanade. Gone are the traffic jams and cacophony of car horns. The Place de la République in Paris has now been transformed, after a year and a half of work, into an immense 9.4 acre pedestrian square promoting tranquility, walking and “soft mobility”.

Designed by architecture agency TVK, the renovation of the Place de la République was entirely conceived around concrete. This is a first for Paris, which is much more familiar with granite as a material! This provided a fantastic opportunity for LafargeHolcim to promote its expertise by providing aesthetic solutions, offering a high level of consistency in the quality of the facing responding to the need to harmonize the various areas of the square (bus lane, esplanade and sidewalks).

In collaboration with B-Ton Design, a consultancy firm specializing in concrete aesthetics hired by TVK, LafargeHolcim developed special formulas producing concrete in three tones of gray with the same appearance and the same texture, in perfect harmony with the 22,000m² of prefabricated concrete slabs covering the esplanade. We also supplied:

  • more than 3,400m³ of standard ready-mix concrete for the development of the square (foundations, sidewalks, fountains, etc.);
  • more than 160m³ of special concretes, including 56m³ of Hydromedia™, our pervious concrete, used as a capping layer beneath the trees;
  • nearly 550m³ of decorative Artevia® Color concrete to create the bus lane.

The Place de la République now offers a new area for strolling and interaction. Now more accessible and more sociable, it provides a more comfortable and attractive living space and a stage for a wide range of celebrations and cultural events.

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