LafargeHolcim concrete behind Hamburg landmark

Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonic will open its doors on 11 January – with a bit of Switzerland inside. Cement giant LafargeHolcim produced 30 customised concrete mixes for the cultural landmark.

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LafargeHolcim produced 30 customised concrete mixes for the new Elbphilharmonic in Hamburg. (image: LafargeHolcim)

The new Elbphilharmonic in Hamburg will be among the world’s leading concert venues thanks to its innovative architecture and outstanding acoustics, writes LafargeHolcim in a statement. Two Swiss companies contributed to this: the building was designed by the Basel architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and features a light-coloured concrete, which was produced by the Zurich-headquartered concrete giant LafargeHolcim.

LafargeHolcim produced the concrete with a specific blast-furnace cement and used high-quality round gravel instead of crushed stone to create exceptional surface quality while reducing dust formation and improving pumpability.

The building was constructed using a total of 30 customised concrete mixes produced by LafargeHolcim. These were designed to deliver the required strength, consistency, setting properties and chemical resistance for each part of the complex design. A particularly high-performance concrete was used for the building’s load bearing structural pillars.

LafargeHolcim was also on site during the construction process through its German subsidiary, Holcim Deutschland. It installed a temporary ready-mix concrete plant one kilometre away from the site to ensure that the concrete could be delivered into the crowded inner city.

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