On March 14th, Edouard de Rothschild, CEO of France Galop, Dominique Perrault, architect, and Bernard Mounier, CEO of Bouygues Bâtiment IDF laid the foundation stone of the New Longchamp Racecourse. They firmed a race saddle pad that was arranged in the New Longchamp Racecourse foundations. The project will be inaugurated on october 2017 in order to host the Qatar Prize de l'Arc de Triomphe.Report on French TV "A quoi va ressembler le Nouveau Longchamp?"
"The renewal of the Longchamp racecourse should
ensure that it maintains its place in both the Grand Paris and on the
international scene of the world’s major racecourses.
an ambitious goal must be guided not only by an emblematic
architectural project that can be adapted to future needs, but also a
landscape project that transfigures the area, highlighting the built
legacy, the historical heritage of the racecourse, and especially the
green heritage of the Bois de Boulogne, which originated in the
composition designed by Alphand in the 19th century.
race for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the highpoint of the life of
the racecourse. Therefore, the main challenge of this project is for it
to be able to host this event, which draws up to 60,000 spectators,
under exceptional conditions, while also welcoming a much smaller crowd
on ordinary racing days.
This is why the
project proposes to deconstruct all the stands dating from the 1960s and
to replace them with only one stand, which is both more compact and
more functional. Buildings housing support services for the horse races,
which are currently scattered around the site, will also be demolished
and rebuilt in the form of pavilions. Finally, the historic buildings of
the racecourse will be renovated.
architecture of the stand is in motion, like a galloping horse. A slight
overhang orients the interplay of superimposed stands toward the finish
line. But this gap on the racecourse side creates stands that overlook
the course, while on the side of the parade ring, a balcony stand is
In fact, all the features―terraces,
walkways, transparencies, and open staircases―will provide permanent
views of the entire racecourse with, of course, privileged views over
the parade ring and over the course itself.
architectural concept is one of transparent “shelves”, with neither
front nor back, enabling spectators to go back and forth from a view
over the stables to a view over the racecourse.
short, the architectural project creates generous perspectives over the
landscape thanks to the significant reduction of the size of the
existing constructions on the site.
The architectural design is very pared down, simple and elegant, allowing the gaze and light to pass through the buildings.
The public is always in visual contact and proximity to the horses and professionals, without ever coming into direct contact.
could describe it as fluid architecture that guides movement, as
symbolized by the overhang of the grandstand, which also allows the
landscape to pass through it.
nature, The New Longchamp revives the charm of garden parties of the
past, of promenades in the wood and the poetry of the Bagatelle gardens,
while also offering comfort for all types of public and an effective
and efficient facility for all the betters.
project for the New Longchamp will be a model environmental facility of
its kind and thus meet the objectives of the climate plan developed by
the city of Paris.
In conclusion, the
intervention consists of creating a more naturel place encouraging
future planting; more ecological, thanks to an innovative design and the
integration of both passive and active systems encouraging the use of
renewable energy and the energy independence of its buildings; more
flexible, by creating a wide variety of places enabling Longchamp to
welcome greater numbers under conditions adapted to the diversity of
racecourses; and finally, more pleasant, for the comfort of all users of
the site, the horses, jockeys, horsemen and women, professionals and
the public at large."