Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4 chosen for new 82,000-capacity Parisian rugby stadium
A design by Populous and Ateliers Architects 2/3/4 have been chosen by the French Rugby Federation (FFR) as the new French national rugby stadium. The FFR ‘Grande Stade’ project will play host to all French rugby home matches as well as becoming the largest roofed entertainment venue in Europe, with a capacity of 82,000. The FFR have said that there will be between 17 to 20 events a year at the stadium in Essone, France, including five to six games involving the national rugby team.
After several months of discussion with three separate groups, the Steering Committee of the FFR decided on the Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4 design. Speaking about the decision, Serge Blanco, Vice President of the FFR and in charge of the project, said: “The three project submissions were all of high technical quality, combining innovation and aesthetics. The proposal made by Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4/ proved to be the most suitable to meet the objectives that we have set for the medium and long term. It fits perfectly with the idea that we are creating the multifunctional stage par excellence.”
A key element of the design has been the retractable roof, which means matches can be played in all weather conditions and the multi-purpose design allows conventions, shows and other sporting events to be held in the stadium. The inclusion of a retractable pitch also means the stadium will have one of the best quality rugby pitches in the world.
The centre has been designed to echo a fortified town, with white stone recalling the quarries in Baux de Provence. Other features of the design include multi-level lounges, corner suites and a presidential box.
Pierre Camou, President of the FFR, added: “Today, we have taken a fundamental step which embodies a strong ambition and a vital project for the FFR, allowing it to be autonomous and master of its future. Now we know what this ‘garden of french rugby’ will look like a modern, innovative and multifunctional venue which can take part fully in the national and international sports landscape.”