Timber Structures: Aquatics Center in Saint-Denis

At the 26th International Wood Construction Conference in Innsbruck, sbp project lead Anna Kulzer will present the Centre Aquatique, which is currently under construction for Paris 2024. On October 21, the last of a total of 91 timber roof girders was installed on the new building. The 5,000 m² roof has set a new record for long-span timber structures. Each of the almost 90 m long, 55 cm high and 20 cm thick girders consists of three 30 m long segments, of which the French engineering timber construction company Mathis SA was able to install 10 pieces per day. The concave roof structure consists of around 2,300 m³ of timber.

The sports facility, which can accommodate 5,000 spectators, is one of the world’s largest arenas to be built using the timber hybrid construction method. After the 2024 Summer Games and the Paralympics, it will continue to be used as a multipurpose arena with smaller stands. The client is the Métropole du Grand Paris municipal association and Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France. The architectural design is by Dutch firm VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism and French firm ATELIERS 234, with structural and facade design by schlaich bergermann partner. Other project partners are Récréa, Omnes, Dalkia.