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Paris 2024 Olympics Designers Unveil Plans

Monday, October 2, 2017

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The International Olympic Committee having announced that Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics, and architecture design firm Populous and engineering firm Egis are providing an early glimpse of how they plan to transform the city for the games.

Populous, which specializes in sports venues, convention centers and other high-capacity structures, was chosen last year to work on the concept for the 2024 games along with Egis, a French engineering consultant that works primarily with urban design and infrastructure.

The Olympics are known for spawning big construction, but according to the Populous-Egis plan, Paris 2024 will be different: 95 percent of the venues used for the two-week event will either be existing buildings or temporary structures.

The firms also plan easy travel for Olympians and spectators; spectators will all be able to access Olympic events on foot or via public transit, according to the plan, and 85 percent of athletes will be housed within a half-hour’s travel time of their venue. With 80 percent of the venues within a 10-kilometer radius, the firms are touting the plan as a “compact design.”

Old Venues, New Construction

Existing venues like Stade de France, built for the 1998 World Cup, will be utilized as much as possible for the 2024 games. Roland-Garros, the storied home of the French Open, will host tennis events, and the Parc de Princes, built in 1972, will host soccer matches.

Other Paris landmarks will play a role in the event as well: open-water races will kick off in the Seine at the Eiffel Tower, for example.

Of 38 total venues, the only new facility built for the games will be a new aquatics center, to be constructed near Stade de France, the games’ organizers say. Another venue, the Paris Arena II, was already in the works before the games were confirmed, and will be completed in 2021 ahead of the Olympics.

Examples of temporary venues include the shooting range, planned for a park in the Grand Paris development region, and sand volleyball courts, in the Champs de Mars park near the Eiffel Tower.

About the Firms

Buildings designed by Populous include Oriole Park at Camden Yards—the Major League Baseball venue that sparked a renaissance in park design in the 1990s—and University of Phoenix Stadium, where North America’s first retractable natural grass surface was installed. Populous previously worked on the main venue for the 2000 Olympics, in Sydney; Nanjing Sports Park, used during the Beijing Olympics; and multiple venues for the London games.

Egis offers engineering and operations services on every continent, and employs more than 13,000 people, working on highways, tolling, airports, city design and other related activities.


Tagged categories: Architects; Color + Design; Engineers; Europe; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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