The Roland Garros stadium of the future

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  1. jman

    jman Semi-Pro

    Jun 11, 2006
    Sydney, Australia

    'In a few years time, the Roland Garros stadium will have taken on a whole new look, with a brand new complex featuring three courts designed on the Georges Hébert site between the Porte d'Auteuil and Porte Molitor.

    The main court will have a sliding roof that can be put in place in five minutes and will have 14,600 seats. To the west, side panels will also be fitted to close off the court in the space of two minutes. The stands will be asymmetrical, with the one facing south and facing the court lengthways (which will have the most sunlight) being higher than the three others.

    The roof meanwhile will be fitted with photovoltaic cells which, along with other features, will mean that the stadium is of a high environmental standard. The angle of the stands will enable sunlight to shine directly onto the court from 9 o'clock in the morning until 7 in the evening. A wide walk-way will encircle centre court.

    At the north of the site, two outside courts (with 1,500 and 750 seats respectively) will be positioned alongside centre court. They will primarily be for practice and have a garden overlooking them which will be open to the public all year round while serving as a place for fans to meet during the tournament. "We want to include the Bois de Boulogne woodland as much as possible within Paris, up as far as the Boulevard Murat," Mimram explains.

    Include the Bois de Boulogne

    The entrances to this new centre for the French Open will be redesigned, as will those at the "historic" stadium some 450 metres away. With widened footpaths, the planting of trees and even the possibility of a tram being built along Boulevard Murat, the area around the Place de la Porte d'Auteuil will certainly be taking on a new look.

    With the foundations of the building work being set very deep, the new complex on the Georges Hébert site will not alter the view of the local residents unfavourably. The sliding roof covering the main court will also act as a "horizontal noise-prevention wall", Mimram adds. The complex will also house offices, a state-of-the-art players' lounge, a press centre and ample reception areas, all spread across various levels.

    "What I really liked about this project are the contours of the stadium which Marc Mimram himself penned," said Jean Gachassin, FFT president. "I also like the area of greenery which will provide a winter garden for the local residents."

    Discussions will now be held between the FFT and Paris city hall regarding the renewal of the Roland Garros stadium rights and those for the Georges Hébert site, which is what will decide when the next stages – the granting of building permission and then the start of construction – can get under way.

    "We were under real pressure to evolve and to expand, and this project has given us the kind of answers that we were looking for," added Gilbert Ysern, CEO of the FFT and tournament director of the French Open. "We will no doubt encounter a few difficulties along the way, but there is no way that an architectural project of this magnitude in Paris would be free of problems. The main thing is to face them head on and overcome them before we request a building permit from Paris city hall."

  2. delphi17

    delphi17 Rookie

    May 4, 2009
    i like how they also think about the local residents.
    Because after all, you need the locals to make a event memoriable.

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