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The H99 skyscraper: rethinking vertical housing in Marseille

Posted: 11 Apr 2013 03:41 AM PDT

H99 1 Lafarge 600x400 The H99 skyscraper: rethinking vertical housing in Marseille

Designed by Jean-Baptiste Pietri, a renowned architect, the H99 skyscraper is the flagship construction worksite of the new Euroméditerranée district which is the showcase for the regeneration of Marseille in France.

With its 99,9 meters in height, as suggested by its name, it will be the first residential skyscraper built in France since the 1970s. Consisting of three modules set one upon the other (City View, Sea View and Sky View), it will stand facing the sea and contain 149 apartments, all enjoying the view.

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The architect designed this atypical building according to the wind and the sun and selected concrete for its durability and resistance.

Therefore, Lafarge proposed a high performance concrete for extremely resistant foundations and a cantilevered structure in case of violent winds.

H99 2 Lafarge 600x400 The H99 skyscraper: rethinking vertical housing in Marseille

The strategy that consisted in extending our cities on a one-story or two-story basis has been a disaster. The best solution is density, and one of the models for that is the skyscraper. The towers that we are in the process of constructing will become the facade of the city. People will look on Marseille from the exterior, as they do with New York.

Jean-Baptiste Pietri

+ More information, please visit Lafarge.com

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