Stade de France

1994 / 1994

Stade de France

Sports facilities

Financing, conceiving, building, running and maintaining a 80,000 modular seat international stadium.

The Grand Stade is designed for the 1998 Football World Cup, the Olympic Games and various sports and cultural events. It will provide 80,000 covered seats and will give the public the opportunity to really approach each event. It is also meant to become the core of a new district in La Plaine Saint Denis town.

The urban integration of the Grand Stade and its role within the town represent the real issue of this project. The stadium’s outline is similar to that of the town.

Just like Spanish «plazas de toros» or cricket grounds in colonial English towns, the arena that surrounds the game area is the starting point of the entire urban outline. The town’s geometry is structured by the various shapes which make up the stadium: the rectangular lawn, the oval stands, the outdoor circular arena and the square roof. All these volumes define purified, complex spaces.

The stadium seems to be overflown by its own roof, which shelters four wide urban lodges. These lodges are an extension of the main square and are equipped with 60-metre high overhangs.

Side hand-rails and adjoining buildings that constitute the real facades of the stadium enhance these permeable, interwoven surfaces. The arena outline is low-cut in its southern and northern areas. Thus, each spectator will be transported to the main space of the town, between the lights of Paris and those of Saint-Denis.

Client: Interdepartmental Delegation for the 1998 Football World Cup
Architecte: Architecture-Studio
Architect Associated: Valode & Pistre
Architect Mandatory: Bouygues Dumez, SGE
Mission: Normale
Surface: 31,000 sqm
International Competition: 1994, finalist

Saint-Denis, France

Stade de France

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