• JO24_CentreAquatique
    © Architects: VenhoevenCS & Ateliers 2/3/4/ Image: Proloog
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Olympic Aquatics Centre, Paris 2024

Saint Denis, France, 2024

The consortium led by Bouygues Batiment Ile de France with Dalkia and Récréa for operation, architects VenhoevenCS, Atelier 2/3/4, and schlaich bergermann partner for the design of the structures and facades, has won the competition for the much-anticipated Olympic Aquatics Center (CAO) for the 2024 Paris Games.
The sports center features technical innovations and ambitious structural works – including the 89 m long timber catenary roof as well as the 18 m wide footbridge, connecting the building to the famous Stade de France. The multifunctional venue in Olympic configuration accommodates a 50 m pool as well as a diving pool. With a capacity of 6,000 spectators, it will host the competitions in water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming, and will later be transformed into a boccia stadium for the Paralympics.
For the roof structure, a design was chosen that closely follows the dimensions and clear heights to be respected above the pools and stands. The curved concave shape of the roof allows for a significant reduction of the hall’s volume and thus of the energy expenditure for heating. The catenary shape of the roof also allows for a very optimized use of materials. All the visible structural elements in the hall are made of timber, supporting loads up to 800 tons.


  • Location

    Saint Denis, France

  • Architect

    Atelier2/3/4, VenhoevenCS

  • Awards

    Grand Prix National de l’Ingénierie 2021

  • Client

    Métropole du Grand Paris, Solidéo

  • Contractor

    Bouygues

  • Our Scope of Work

    1. prize in competition, conceptual design, site supervision

  • Roof glue laminated timber ribbons
  • Roof area 20,000 m²
  • Dimension of the ribbons section of 20*50 cm
  • Facade glass and glue laminated timber grid
  • Roof span 89 m
  • Number of seats 6,000
  • JO24_CentreAquatique © Architects: VenhoevenCS & Ateliers 2/3/4/ Image: Proloog
  • JO24_CentreAquatique © Architects: VenhoevenCS & Ateliers 2/3/4/ Image: Proloog
  • Olympic Aquatics Centre, Paris 2024 © Architects: VenhoevenCS & Ateliers 2/3/4/ Image: Proloog

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