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

In Boulogne-Billancourt (92), the mythical site of Roland Garros has a new look. At the helm of this titanic project of expansion and renovation of 11,16 hectares: Chaix & Morel and associates for the urban and architectural part - excluding main grounds -, and W & Cie for the visual identity. An intervention that extends the tradition of excellence of this institution of French tennis and allows him to keep his place in the big leagues.

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 agency Chaix & Morel, which provides for the destruction of the court n ° 1 at the end of the tournament 2018, in favor of a central public square - say Musketeers - while 80% of the courts Philippe Chatrier go be destroyed this year to allow its extension and the realization of a mobile roof - since Roland Garros without rain is not really Rolland Garros ... In parallel, a new structure, work of the architect Marc Mimram, is in building course east of the historic triangle: in part of the Gardens of 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, tournament organization building, installed between the famous courts Suzanne Lenglen and Philippe Chatrier. Familiar with theatrical design, the Parisian agency Chaix & Morel et associés imagined a building made of enamelled glass and stainless steel mesh in R + 3, on a raw concrete base. It is organized in tiers around a courtyard of 880 square meters, such as the place of a hamlet, around which are distributed two levels of lounges reserved for partners, capped by two floors reserved for staff of the FFT. Below this superstructure, it's a whole parallel life that takes place with spaces dedicated to players, 250 ball-pickers and 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 imagines in particular a vast white hall and wood - banana - with hanging panamas, a nod to this element of clothing that has become representative of the competition.

"Chaix & Morel and associates made the hull, we gave him his 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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