SOLIDEO announced the names of the consortiums chosen to build the Saint Ouen sector of the Olympic and Paralympic Village, on 22 November 2019. This was another milestone on the road to delivering a new part of the city, mirroring Paris 2024’s exemplary environmental standards, for the people of Seine Saint Denis.
The consortiums that will build the Olympic and Paralympic Village submitted their bids to SOLIDEO (the company tasked with delivering the Olympic facilities) during a consultation that began in March 2019. The images of the selected project capture Paris 2024’s vision: the Village will be built to pioneering environmental standards, meet athletes’ requirements during the Games and benefit the community for a long time after them.
The Olympic and Paralympic Village: a few facts and figures
The Village will span parts of three cities: Saint Denis, Saint Ouen and Île Saint Denis. It will accommodate 15,600 athletes during the Games and thenbecome a neighbourhood with :
– 2,200 family homes;
– 900 other homes (e.g. for students);
– Saint Ouen’s Pablo Neruda gymnasium (which will be refurbished and enlarged);
– A 3-hectare landscaped park;
– About 7 hectares of gardens and parks;
– 120,000 sqm of offices and city services;
– 3,200 sqm of neighbourhood shops.
Legacy: the city of the future
Beyond the buildings’ modern looks, it was the commitments matching Paris 2024’s vision for low-carbon Games and sound financial stewardship that tipped the balance in favour of the winning bid. The Village will meet Paris 2024’s and SOLIDEO’s requirements regarding environmental excellence, and the goal is to design and deliver a neighbourhood reflecting urban spaces as we envision them in 2050:
– It will help to protect and foster biodiversity (with rooftops built to house insects and birds, enclosures with openings for small animals to pass through, etc.);
– The carbon-emissions budget will help to achieve the goals in Paris’s Climate Plan and stay on track for carbon neutrality in 2050, for example using wood and other organically-sourced materials;
– It will help to adapt the city to the climate in 2050, with features that will accommodate and mitigate the effects of climate change (surfacings, plants and water in public areas, etc.).
The countdown has begun
The next milestone will come around in early 2021, when construction work starts. The goal is to complete construction by Q4 2023. After the Games, the operators will start repurposing the Village’s residential units in November 2024. They will hand over a new, eco-responsible, functional neighbourhood, which will blend into the city of the future, to the community in 2025.