French museum wins highest honor at inaugural concrete awards

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM) in Marseilles, France, won the 2015 Concrete Construction Excellence Award by the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Photo courtesy ACI

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) selected the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM) in Marseille, France, for its 2015 Concrete Construction Excellence Award.

The award is given to a project demonstrating excellence in concrete innovation and technology, standing out above all others. MuCEM, which houses the first French national museum outside of Paris, is located on the banks of a 2600-year-old harbor. Blending with the surrounding mineral and stone landscape, its structure presents a veiled, cubic appearance. It also won first place in the low-rise category.

First-place winners from the remaining categories were chosen based on architectural and engineering merit, creativity, innovative construction, techniques or solutions, innovative use of materials, ingenuity, sustainability and resilience, and functionality. These winners include:

  • Al Hamra Business Tower in Kuwait City, Kuwait—high-rise;
  • Cable-stayed foot bridge in Cela Kovice, Czech Republic—infrastructure;
  • Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris, France—decorative concrete; and
  • Mission Bridge seismic retrofit in Abbotsford, Canada.

For more information on all winners, click here.

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