London 2012 Olympic Stadium designer Populous has been appointed to draw up buildlings for Paris’ 2024 Olympics bid
The AJ100 practice will work with French engineering group Egis to develop designs for 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues as the city prepares to compete against Los Angeles, Rome, Budapest and Hamburg to host the games.
As well as designing both new and temporary venues and facilities, the team will ensure ’existing venues are ready for the scale and needs of Olympic and Paralympic events’.
Ben Vickery, senior prinicpal at Populous’ London office said: ’This is a great opportunity for Paris to showcase a beautiful international city and its proud sporting history.
’For us, it will be an exciting step on our Olympic Games journey, showcasing our expertise in designing experiences that can be enjoyed by millions of people, whether they’re at the events, soaking up the atmosphere in the host city or watching from around the world.’
Populous has already worked in France on the recently opened 59,186-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon and the 82,000-seater Grand Stade FFR on the outskirts of Paris which is due to complete next year.
Grand Stade de Lyon
The global practice also designed the Olympic Stadium at Sydney in 2000.
Meanwhile, Egis-led teams have worked on the construction or renovation of most of the stadiums that will host the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup this summer, including the Matmut-Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne stadium, Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, Velodrome stadium in Marseille and Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille.