Chaix & Morel et associés et W&Cie : Modernisation de Roland Garros

In Boulogne-Billancourt (92), the legendary Roland Garros site is getting a makeover. At the helm of this titanic 11,16 hectare expansion and renovation project: Chaix & Morel and associates for the urban and architectural part - excluding the main land -, and W & Cie for the visual identity. An intervention that extends the tradition of excellence of this French tennis institution and allows it to keep its place in the big boys' court.

Built in 1928 to host the Davis Cup, Roland Garros had to modernize to better respond to current uses and issues of sustainable development, and reception of the public and users - players, referees, ball machines, etc. But what to do ? Rebuild elsewhere or modify the existing. In 2011, the elected officials decide: Roland Garros will remain in Boulogne-Billancourt, at the gates of Paris, or will not be. The following year, an architectural competition was launched by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) for the renovation and expansion of the site and its capacity, while reducing the number of sites.
A competition won by the Chaix & Morel agency, which provides for the destruction of court n ° 1 at the end of the 2018 tournament, in favor of a central public square - known as the Musketeers -, while 80% of the Philippe Chatrier courts will be destroyed this year in order to allow its extension and the realization of a mobile roof - since Roland Garros without rain is not really Rolland Garros ... At the same time, a new structure, the work of architect Marc Mimram, is in progress. building course to the east of the historic triangle: in part of the Jardins des Serres d'Auteuil.
The operation represents a grand slam by itself, since it is a site in occupied site, initiated in 2015, which should be completed in 2020 (2021 for the landscape phase imagined by Michel Corajoud). Five years of construction therefore, interspersed with four months and a half 2 standby periods imposed by the tennis tournament.


At the heart of this reorganization of the mythical place: the Village, the tournament organization building, installed between the famous Suzanne Lenglen and Philippe Chatrier courts. Familiar with the design of theaters, the Parisian agency Chaix & Morel et associés has here imagined a building in enamelled glass and stainless steel mesh in R + 3, on a raw concrete base. It is organized in tiers around an 880 square meter courtyard, like a hamlet square, around which two levels of lounges reserved for partners are distributed, topped by two floors reserved for FFT staff. Below this superstructure, a whole parallel life unfolds with spaces dedicated to the players, the 250 ball collectors and the 400 referees.
The interior fittings and signage for the entire site and the village were entrusted by the FFT to W & Cie. The design, strategy and communication studio, in particular imagines a vast white and wood hall - banana tree - with hanging Panama hats, a nod to this clothing element that has become representative of the competition.

“Chaix & Morel and associates made the hull, we gave it its inner spirit. " Gilles Deléris, co-founder and creative director, W & Cie

With 8,5 hectares at the start, for 11,16 hectares on arrival - some of which will be returned to the public, once the three weeks of games passed - Roland Garros redutrates its image on the international scene. Without counting on the fact that at the end of the works, a reduction of 80% of the consumption of drinking water is expected, 120 additional trees will have been planted, and the risks of flood reduced thanks to an increase of 37% open areas and the creation of retention ponds.

A titanic construction site discreet. In short, a beautiful oxymoron that continues the prestigious history of the mythical place.

To learn more, visit the site of Chaix and Morel and associates et W & Cie

Photos / Illustrations:
1) © 11h45
2) © Corinne Dubreuil / FFT
3) Mass Map © Chaix and Morel and Associates
4) The short Simonne Mathieu (Marc Mimram arch) © Christophe Gibbaud / FFT
5) © CMA
6-7) © 11h45
8-9) Pauline Ballet / FFT
10-13) DR (courtesy of W & Cie)

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