High art meets low carbon at Kunsthaus Zurich

Blending visionary architecture with sustainable building solutions, this extension project will make Kunsthaus Zurich the largest art museum in Switzerland.

Built with Holcim low-carbon cement

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects

A monument of sustainability

A monument of sustainability The Kunsthaus Zurich art museum is a dynamic space for international exhibitions spanning from the 13th century to the present. The building will not only be a landmark of architecture, but also a monument of sustainability: Renowned architect Sir David Chipperfield is designing its new extension, and Holcim Switzerland is providing low-carbon cement.

A low-carbon solution

Between 2016 and 2018, Holcim Switzerland delivered about 5,000 tons of a low-carbon cement to build the extension. Not only does this cement lower the building’s carbon footprint, it also makes concrete surfaces brighter, satisfying the project’s aesthetic requirements.

At Holcim, we are on a mission to decarbonize building across its entire lifecycle to build a net-zero future that works for people and the planet. One of the ways we do this is by enabling the industry to build better with less, with the aim to decarbonize construction. Our low-carbon materials range from ECOPact concrete to ECOPlanet cement, delivering 100% performance with at least 30% less CO2. We also enable smart design with solutions like 3D printing and prefabricated systems that can reduce material use by up to 50%.

By shifting the paradigm and turning decarbonization from a challenge into an opportunity, we are unleashing a new era of green growth at Holcim.

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