In addition, it was important to Ricciotti that all the prefabricated slabs and 384 panels were produced and prepared near the construction site as this minimized environmental impact by keeping distances short. Employing local processors and specialists also enhances the identification of local residents with the building.
“The ‘Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée’ therefore stands as a symbol of the symbiosis between the traditional and modern. At the same time, it unites aesthetics with functionality,” remarks Jörg Hellwig, head of the Inorganic Pigments business unit. “Through our Colored Concrete Works initiative, we want to honor unique works of architecture like this, while underlining the importance of colored concrete.”
Architect and engineer Rudy Ricciotti has received numerous awards for his work, including the “Grand Prix national de l’Architecture” in 2006. He achieved international standing through his work as architect on significant projects, such as the National Choreographic Center in Aix-en-Provence, the “Potsdamer Nikolaisaal” concert auditorium, the Footbridge of Peace in Seoul and the International Center of Art and Culture in Liège.