Stacked up against strong competition, the innovative 80-metre, flexible and
light tower, proposed by Yves Pages and Benoit le Thierry D’Ennequin was a clear
winner. It will serve as the icon highlighting Paris’ Olympic ambitions and will
provide visitors breathtaking views whilst being visible from everywhere in the
"The heart of the Olympic Movement is a mixture of human activity, natural elements
and technological development", said the architects. "To illustrate this we have
designed a tower using a form and structure uniting human activity and the environment",
In keeping with Paris 2012’s Olympics approach of "contained but not constrained",
the tower is designed to bend and move with the wind and includes a circle of
helium rings that will be illuminated at night.
Just like athletes, more than 400 designers from around the world competed in
a tough race since submitting their proposals online. The rules were very clear,
the Olympic Landmark must give the site a perspective in the city, it must be
a place to see from and be seen, and is intended to be temporary, environmentally
friendly and deliverable in a short period of time.
The competition’s jury was headed by Deputy CEO of the Paris 2012 Bid, Essar
Gabriel, and composed of an international panel of the architectural industry’s
most celebrated artists and designers, including Inaki Abalos (Spain), Shigeru
Ban (Japan), Stephano Boeri (Italy); Eric Carlson (USA), Peter Cook (UK); Finn
Geipel (Germany); Marc Mimram (France), and Jean Nouvel (France).
The Olympic Landmark will be erected temporarily as early as December 2004 in
Les Batignolles, the area in north-west Paris selected as the location for the
Olympic Village should the French capital be chosen to host the 2012 Olympic and
The Olympic Monument, open to the public in January 2005, will be the first architectural
project of the Paris 2012 candidature.