Aligned along a mall open to pedestrians and bicycles, buildings with simple lines, surrounded by trees and lush gardens. The athletes' village for Paris 2024 taking shape in Seine-Saint-Denis takes on the appearance of a modern and eco-friendly city.
We now know who will build half of this site, dedicated to welcoming 15,600 athletes and their companions during the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2024. Two lots of 50,000 m² each, located in Saint-Ouen, in Seine-Saint-Denis, have been awarded, one to a grouping around Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiary Icade, the other to Nexity and Eiffage.
A total budget of 1.2 billion euros
The challenge is not only sporting: from the beginning, the Paris 2024 organizing committee insists on the need to leave a legacy for the inhabitants. In the long term, the village will be transformed into a new 51-hectare district, bordering the Seine and straddling Saint-Ouen, Saint-Denis and L'Ile-Saint-Denis, for a total budget of 1.2 billion euros. euros.
The specifications, forwarded by the Olympic Equipment Delivery Company (Solideo) to the candidates, provides that the apartments will not accommodate more than eight athletes – the designers were asked to design rather large rooms (not less than 10 m² ) to install beds adapted to the size of the athletes! The latter will also have access to training facilities inside the village, particularly in the Cité du Cinéma of producer Luc Besson, which will also serve as a restaurant.
This "model" village, supposed to be the showcase of French know-how, will enter a new phase of construction after the Games. Reversibility works will transform the site into 2200 housing units, including 1900 on the Saint-Ouen area. A 3-hectare park, 117,000 m² of activities, offices and services, 2,000 m² of shops will complete the neighborhood.
Hanging gardens and solar protection
"The Olympic Villages have always been converted into housing with varying degrees of success," says Plain Common, Patrick Braouezec, President (PCF). There we have a real city district, with places for artists, public spaces of quality. "
Among the strong requirements of the project, environmental excellence. Builders were asked to floor on a "sustainable city", "adapted to the climate of 2050". The buildings are organized around islands of greenery, and designed to cope with longer and more frequent heat waves. In particular, they will have to offer airy accommodation, hanging gardens, solar protection …
"Beyond the Olympic object, this village is the promise of an improvement in the living environment for the people who live there, said the president PS of Seine-Saint-Denis, Stéphane Troussel. The department is playing its part in this major transformation with the construction of a footbridge over the Seine and the redevelopment of roads and banks of the river. »Start of construction work in 2021.