A UHPFRC cladding challenge: the fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création "Iceberg"

Author(s): S. Aubry, P. Bompas, B. Vaudeville, D. Corvez, T. Lagrange, P. Mazzacane, A. Brizou
Paper category: Symposium
Book title: RILEM-fib-AFGC International Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete
Editor(s): F. Toutlemonde, J. Resplendino
Print ISBN: 978-2-35158-130-8
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-131-5
Publisher: RILEM Publications S.A.R.L
Pages: 37 - 48
Total Pages: 12
Language: English

This paper presents a case study of the “Iceberg”, an opaque envelope for the future “Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création”. Located in the Jardin d’Acclimatation (Garden of Acclimation) in Paris, France, it is designed by Frank Gehry and Ghery partners. The project is characterized by the high geometric complexity that is so familiar to his architecture. The cladding is created from 19,000 unique, prefabricated panels cast in white Ductal® Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) by Lafarge; each one moulded individually and installed using a butt joint. The following topics are discussed, based on the research and development program, as presented by the design team and contractor:
- vacuum moulding technology;
- UHPFRC characterization and specific design values for the project;
- reinforcement of panels to withstand maintenance loads;
- industrial development for the production of 19,000 non-repetitive panels; and
- a small joint/earthquake resistant/tight tolerance point fixing system.

Online publication: 2014
Publication Type: full_text
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