Paris Olympics a Wood Architecture Showcase

Author: Ben O Connell

According to WoodWorks New Zealand, Paris has turned to flexible, reusable timber in their architectural point of view as the host of the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

The new Olympics Aquatics Centre on the outskirts of Pairs is massive, with a Pringle-shaped solar roof and a 5000-seat capacity. Yet it was pieced together like a Lego set and is mainly constructed from wood.

The centre, designed by the architecture firms Ateliers 2/3/4/ and VenhoevenCS, will be the main architectural icon for the Paris Olympics.


Expected Transformations

Every host city of the Summer Olympics tried to use the momentum of the international event to power a major transformative project; this is true. But Paris has a focus on sustainability, rather than huge builds.

Yes, some new projects are taking place. Olympic Village, north of Paris, is an eco-quarter of wood and glass that emphasises sustainable architectural practices.

Overall, 95 per cent of the 2024 Olympics venues will be facilities that either already existed or that will be dismantled for reuse after the Games

France hopes to cut carbon in the building sector as the European Union strives to reduce the bloc’s overall emissions by 55 per cent by 2030.

In regards to its architectural perspective, Paris 2024 paves the way for a greener future, proving that grand sporting events can embrace environmental responsibility.


Selecting Cities

The host city is chosen through a competitive bidding process. The bid itself often includes a preliminary vision for the Olympic venues and infrastructure.

The team of architects, urban planners, and engineers create a master plan that considers venue needs for each competition, site selection, sustainability, and legacy.

The goal is to create structures that can be used after the games, minimising waste and maximising long-term benefits to the community.

Ideally, the Olympic venues will be transitioned to new uses after the games, like Paris. This might involve converting them into public sporting facilities, community centres, or even housing developments.

The architectural process for the Olympics is a fascinating one. It’s a chance to showcase architectural innovation and design iconic structures that leave a lasting legacy on the host city.



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