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22DEC 2013


Posted in Architecture - Sports by * FORMAKERS

Since 1925, the Stade Jean Bouin has played an important role in the history of rugby as well as one of its legendary teams – the Stade Français.

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In a residential district with three of the largest sports facilities in Paris (Roland Garros, Parc des Princes and Stade Jean Bouin), the challenge faced by designer Rudy Ricciotti was to “tackle a massive architecture project while steering clear of a violent impact on the urban landscape.

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”The result is a remarkable, totally asymmetric envelope, undulating in three dimensions so that “the structure is suggested and the ultra-high performance concrete envelope contains the edifice, much like skin around a body,” says its architect.

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“The only way of creating the two curves in this sheet was using a triangular mesh,” explains Romain Ricciotti, co-founder of Lamoureux Ricciotti Ingénierie, the structural engineering firm responsible for the project.

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The 23,000 m2 envelope, including a 12,000 m2 roof, is made of 3600 self- supporting Ductal triangles, each averaging 8m to 9m long by 2.

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5m wide and 4.

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5cm thick.

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On the façade, the panels form a light and porous web, while the roof design is simplified to permit spaces in which to house protective and light-diffusing glass.

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Although this combination of glass and ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) makes the project very original, it presented new technical challenges in order to construct a watertight envelope that would cover the stadium’s entire surface area (excluding the playing field).The panels, manufactured by French precaster, Bonna Sabla, at a rate of 18 per day, were delivered to the site as needed and installed in a very precise order, then attached to the beams of the metal framework, using ball-and-socket attachments able to withstand wind forces.

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Sound insulation was also the subject of careful study.

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The geometric characteristics of the stadium and the curve of the stands are designed to channel sound towards the spectators, ensuring a festive atmosphere inside the grounds as well as comfort for local residents.

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The architect’s work was entirely guided by respect for the urban environment.

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“The transparency resulting from the cellular latticework generates a dialogue between the sports complex and its environment.

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By casting off enclosed spaces and totally opaque walls, our proposal emphasizes social bonding and elegance,” Rudy Ricciotti declared when his bid was submitted.



Avenue du Général-Sarrail, Paris, France

Design team:
Architect: Rudy Ricciotti

General engineering: Berim

Framework engineering: ALT o Group/Marc Malinowsky

Structure and envelope engineering: Lamoureux Ricciotti ingénierie

Framework: Cabrol

Precaster: Bonna Sabl

Contractor: Leon Grosse

Area: 23,000 m2

Client: City of Paris (heritage and Architecture Department)
via Ductal



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