Populous has claimed the Paris 2024 Olympics will be ‘the most sustainable games ever’ after the practice helped the French capital to secure the world’s most famous sporting event
The UK-based practice, which also designed the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, worked with French engineering group Egis on the bid, developing designs for 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues around the city.
The victorious concept of ‘Paris as an Olympic Park’ will see the 2024 summer games ’take place against the spectacular backdrop of [the city’s] historic buildings, streets and landmarks, including the Champs Elysees and River Seine as well as beach volleyball at the foot of the Eiffel Tower’.
According to the team, the designs for both the new and temporary venues and facilities ‘will seek to shape and integrate sporting spectacles in the city’s urban landscape while supporting Paris 2024’s commitment to be the most sustainable games ever’.
Senior principal at Populous’s London office Ben Vickery said: ‘Bringing people together to enjoy an unforgettable experience is the overriding ambition of Populous in all that we do and is at the heart of the Paris 2024 vision.
‘The city of Paris will be a magnificent Olympic Park, and transforming some of the world’s most beautiful and historic sites into temporary stunning stages for sport will provide unforgettable images around the globe.’
Populous has already worked in France on the 59,186-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon, and drew up designs for the 82,000-seater Grand Stade FFR on the outskirts of Paris, although the project was later scrapped.
The global practice is the only firm to have designed three main Olympic stadiums, having also masterminded the showpiece arenas at Sydney 2000, London 2012 and Rio 2016.