Dominique Perrault Architecture


26 | 04 | 2018

Opening of the racecourse Paris Longchamp

After three years of closure the new Longchamp racecourse will be inaugurated on April 29th.

New place of prestige was situated in the wood of Boulogne, the racecourse opens its doors after two years of works. 

A motion tribune
The new tribune of the Jockey-club about 10 ' 000 places in terraces, includes at the fourth level a restaurant with its terrace, five reception rooms, five bars, a brasserie, and spaces were dedicated to the press or to the staff. Evoking in a dynamic movement the idea of a galloping horse, its volumetry directs the looks to the runaway. Trays move some with regard to the others until the last level presenting an overhang of about twenty meters.

Opened from both directions, the new tribune is composed by open floors and rhe circulations are designed to allow free movements in the various spaces. THe building provides 360 degrees views on the track thanks to its transparency  and to its orientation : down to the track on one side, and down to the parade ring on the other one. The building offers also more flexibility and modularity in the use of spaces, according to needs and événenements.

The infrastructure is made of concrete and metal, the stands are covered with wood. 
The golden aluminium facades contribute to the integration of the volume in its environment by playing with the light according to the seasons. 

With the new tribune, lower and shorter than the previous one, the new racecourse puts the emphasis on the landscaped spaces. 
The landscape project sublimates the landscape work made in the XIX century by Adolphe Alphand, with a scenography of the walkway of visitors and horses. 
The main lawn area can receive temporary facilities, and the promenade reminds the "planches" of Deauville designed by the architect Charles Adda. 
The built environment and the gardens form a coherent whole. 
The project values the existing heritage represented by trees to find a spatial development close to the original Longchgamp. 

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