dominique perrault begins renovation work at paris' longchamp racecourse dominique perrault begins renovation work at paris' longchamp racecourse
mar 07, 2016

dominique perrault begins renovation work at paris' longchamp racecourse

dominique perrault begins renovation work at paris’ longchamp racecourse
all images © dominique perrault architecture / l’autre image / adagp

 

 

 

paris’ longchamp racecourse has closed its doors to the public as major renovations are carried out at the famed venue. the overhaul, which will take nearly two years to complete, is being overseen by acclaimed french architect dominique perrault who won a competition to complete the masterplan back in 2011. perrault’s plan takes the form of a landscape project that transforms the entire area, highlighting the legacy of its built environment as well as the racecourse’s historical heritage. the renewal of the course and its facilities will ensure that longchamp maintains its status as one of the world’s most revered horse racing destinations.

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the plan takes the form of a landscape project that transforms the entire area

 

 

 

each year, longchamp hosts the prestigious prix de l’arc de triomphe — one of europe’s most attended horse races. the main challenge for the design team was to develop a scheme that could accommodate up to 60,000 spectators, while also welcoming smaller crowds on ordinary race days. consequently, the project proposes to remove all the stands dating from the 1960s, replacing them with a single grandstand that is more compact and functional. buildings that house support services — which are currently scattered around the site — will be demolished and rebuilt in the form of pavilions, while the site’s historic structures will also undergo renovation.

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the project removes all existing stands dating from the 1960s, replacing them with a single grandstand

 

 

 

the architecture of the stand is in motion, like a galloping horse,’ explains dominique perrault. ‘a slight overhang orients the interplay of superimposed stands toward the finish line.’ terraces, walkways, and open staircases provide permanent views of the entire racecourse, as well as privileged views of the parade ring below. the grandstand is formed of transparent ‘shelves’ that enable spectators to view both the racecourse to the east and the stables to the west. by reducing the size of the existing grandstand, the pared-down design is able to create more generous perspectives across the landscape. the renovated longchamp racecourse will be inaugurated in october 2017 in time to welcome the annual prix de l’arc de triomphe.

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buildings that currently house support services will be demolished and rebuilt in the form of pavilions

 

 


film documenting the renovation work at longchamp racecourse
video courtesy of france galop

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the grandstand is formed of a series of transparent ‘shelves’

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longchamp anually hosts the prestigious prix de l’arc de triomphe

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views of both the racecourse to the east and the stables to the west are provided

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an aerial view of the renovated site

 

drawings

 

project info:

 

location: route des tribunes, 75116, paris
site area: 63 hectares
built area: 20,000 sqm net floor area / 70,000 sqm gross floor area
beginning of conceptual design: september 2012
beginning of construction: october 2015
expected completion: october 2017

 

client: france galop, boulogne – billancourt, france
architect: dominique perrault architecture
structural engineer: tractabel engineering, gennevilliers
mechanical engineering: grontmij, rosny-sous-bois
economist: RPO, paris
landscape architect: ter, paris
lighting and acoustics: JP lamoureux, paris
exhibition designer: renaud pierard, paris
architect, security and accessibility consultant: denis thelot, paris
facade consultant: terrell, boulogne-billancourt

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