Unusual Architecture + [stadium]

Avenue du Général Sarrail, 75016 Parigi, Francia: [STADE JEAN BOUIN BY RUDY RICCIOTTI]
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

Since 1925, the Stade Jean Bouin has played an important role in the history of rugby as well as one of its legendary teams – the Stade Français.

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

In a residential district with three of the largest sports facilities in Paris (Roland Garros, Parc des Princes and Stade Jean Bouin), the challenge faced by designer Rudy Ricciotti was to “tackle a massive architecture project while steering clear of a violent impact on the urban landscape.”

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

The result is a remarkable, totally asymmetric envelope, undulating in three dimensions so that “the structure is suggested and the ultra-high performance concrete envelope contains the edifice, much like skin around a body,” says its architect.

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

“The only way of creating the two curves in this sheet was using a triangular mesh,” explains Romain Ricciotti, co-founder of Lamoureux Ricciotti Ingénierie, the structural engineering firm responsible for the project.

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

The 23,000 m2 envelope, including a 12,000 m2 roof, is made of 3600 self- supporting Ductal triangles, each averaging 8m to 9m long by 2.5m wide and 4.5cm thick.

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

On the façade, the panels form a light and porous web, while the roof design is simplified to permit spaces in which to house protective and light-diffusing glass.

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

Although this combination of glass and ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) makes the project very original, it presented new technical challenges in order to construct a watertight envelope that would cover the stadium’s entire surface area (excluding the playing field).

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

The panels, manufactured by French precaster, Bonna Sabla, at a rate of 18 per day, were delivered to the site as needed and installed in a very precise order, then attached to the beams of the metal framework, using ball-and-socket attachments able to withstand wind forces.

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

Sound insulation was also the subject of careful study. The geometric characteristics of the stadium and the curve of the stands are designed to channel sound towards the spectators, ensuring a festive atmosphere inside the grounds as well as comfort for local residents.

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

The architect’s work was entirely guided by respect for the urban environment. “The transparency resulting from the cellular latticework generates a dialogue between the sports complex and its environment. By casting off enclosed spaces and totally opaque walls, our proposal emphasizes social bonding and elegance,” Rudy Ricciotti declared when his bid was submitted.

Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti
Stade Jean Bouin by Rudy Ricciotti

Location: Avenue du Général-Sarrail, Paris, France Architect: Rudy Ricciotti General engineering: Berim Framework engineering: ALT o Group/Marc Malinowsky Structure and envelope engineering: Lamoureux Ricciotti ingénierie Framework: Cabrol Precaster: Bonna Sabl Contractor: Leon Grosse Area: 23,000 m2 Year: 2013 Client: City of Paris (heritage and Architecture Department)via Ductal