Arena, Stadia & Arenas

Olympic Aquatics Centre, Paris 2024

© Architects: VenhoevenCS & Ateliers 2/3/4/ Image: Proloog

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.

Arena, Stadia & Arenas
Saint Denis, France
Atelier2/3/4, VenhoevenCS
Métropole du Grand Paris, Solidéo
Andreas Keil

Technical Data

glue laminated timber ribbons
glass and glue laminated timber grid
Roof area
20,000 m²
Roof span
89 m
Dimension of the ribbons
section of 20*50 cm
Number of seats


Timber Structures: Aquatics Center in Saint-Denis
Vortrag von Anna Kulzer
December 2, 2022 um 10:30 am Uhr | | 26. International Wood Construction Conference (IHF) Innsbruck | Block B


Grand Prix National de l’Ingénierie 2021
Olympic Aquatics Centre, Paris 2024, Saint Denis, France


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