Architecture and place —
Holcim and the Norman Foster Foundation
Holcim is a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, driven by a mission to decarbonise buildings and improve living standards for all.
Caro supports Holcim with a range of services, including the launch of the ‘Essential Homes Research Project’, a concept of housing for people in displacement, in partnership with the Norman Foster Foundation at the 2023 Biennale of Architecture in Venice, as well as the opening of the new Innovation Hub in Lyon, designed to explore new concrete material solutions for low-carbon, circular and energy-efficient buildings.
A recent scheme developed at the Innovation Hub is the Phoenix bridge – the world’s first 3D-printed, recycled concrete bridge built and designed in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects, Block Research Group at ETH Zürich and incremental3D.
As the manufacture and use of concrete is responsible for up to 8% of the world’s Carbon emissions, Holcim is developing innovative, circular and environmentally friendly solutions.
Holcim already offers its core products with up to 70% lower carbon footprint. These include ECOPlanet cement made with recycled concrete materials to ECOCycle concrete, which comprises low-carbon cement and recycled aggregates and byproducts from other industries as additional mineral components.