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1.1 Competition Scope
This international competition, organised by the government-based interest group, Paris 2012, responsible for France's bid to organise the Olympic Games for the XXX Olympiad and the Paralympic Games, is intended to select one or more architects, or a team of architects to design and possibly build, starting in Autumn 2004, a "landmark", located at the site of the future Olympic Village.
To assist it in this task, Paris 2012 has commissioned the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, the City of Paris' Information, Documentation and Exhibition Centre on Urban Development and Architecture.

1.2 Purpose of the Competition
Currently a railway site, les Batignolles would become the central Olympic Village, located at the centre of the two competition venue clusters. Designed by international architects to house athletes from the world over, it would subsequently become a new neighbourhood in Paris.

The "Olympic Landmark" is intended to mark this site, and represent its future. It has the symbolic value of an event. It may be an emblem of a place. It may give the city a contemporary value. This Olympic Landmark is a place to see from and to be seen, a time machine and a builder of the future.

In order to meet this challenge, this one-stage, anonymous, international architecture competition is open to every designer on the planet. It will take place entirely via the Internet, from 1st June. All the designs will be on display at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in autumn 2004.

How can we mark Paris in 2012? How can the future and the present overlap, from one view point, one aiming point? How can we create a panorama in the city, and in history? This competition is a call for creativity and generosity, to invention and to innovation. Above all, it is a challenging invitation to all, to give their imagination free rein, to dare to imagine.

This structure will be transitory and emblematic. It must be able to enter the construction stage by January 2005 and be dismantleable. It must mark its time with its inventive and innovative spirit.

1.3 Type of Consultation
 - International architecture competition, to construct the Olympic Landmark in Paris, France;
 - Open, single-stage competition;
 - Anonymous competition.

1.4 Location
 - "Les Batignolles" site, 147 rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris, France
 - Area of possible installation zone: 2 485 m2 (see location plan)

1.5 Tasks Entrusted to the Prize Winner
After the competition selection and negotiation, the winner(s)' tasks will encompass the design and follow up to the building of the Olympic Landmark.


2.1 Owner
The Paris Ile-de-France 2012 government-based interest group, promoter of the French bid for the Olympic Games for the XXX Olympiad and the Paralympic Games in 2012 is the owner of the competition.
It is the guarantor for the competition's financing, and shall chair the jury.
Contact Information:
7, place d'Iéna 75116 Paris, France

2.2 Competition Organiser
The Pavillon de l'Arsenal, the City of Paris' Information, Documentation and Exhibition Centre on Urban Development and Architecture, has been entrusted by the Paris Ile de France 2012 bid committee with the organisation of the competition, and the design of the competition results' exhibition.
Contact Information:
21, bd Morland 75004 Paris, France

2.3 Other Special Participants

 2.3.1 Experts
 - M. François Grether, prize-winning urban architect for the urban development of the Batignolles site;
 - Maître Michel Huet, lawyer, specialised in Architecture and Urban Law.
These experts may be resorted by the competition organiser in order to provide opinions on issues relating to the organisation and procedure of the competition, in their respective fields of specialisation.

 2.3.2 Technical Commission
A technical commission will be set up. It will be responsible, prior to the meeting of the jury, for ensuring compliance of the entries's contents with the competition rules.


3.1 Role and Status of Applicants
 - May enter any architect or team of architects, members of their national institute or equivalent, as well as multi-disciplinary teams led by an architect who is a member of his/her national institute, or equivalent.

 - Individuals or teams having professional any link with the owner, the competition organiser, members of the technical commission, members of the jury, or anyone who has taken part in preparing the competition may not take part.

3.2 Items to be Supplied by Applicants
 - Graphic and technical documents
2 portrait format panels: 42x60cm, JEPG format 150dpi with password at the top right
   1 panel with a mandatory content: 1 location plan, 1 plan, 1 section, 1 elevation with insertion in the site, or 1 perspective drawing with insertion in the site.
   1 panel free of content

 - Feasibility study, specifying the stability of the proposed structure, materials used, compliance with the requirements of article 3.3 and a statement of intent (in PDF), with your identification code on the first page.

 - A note estimating the building costs with your identification code.

 - A sworn statement by the lead architect, relating to his/her membership of the national institute or equivalent.

 - The overall maximum size of the file sent by the applicant or team should not exceed 5 Mbytes.

3.3 Architectural Requirements / Applicants' Obligations
 - The Olympic Landmark must give the site a perspective in the city. Its purpose is to mark the location of the Paris Olympic Village for the bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. It may be an emblem of a place.

 - The Olympic Landmark is a place to see from and to be seen. It must allow visitors to capture the site as a whole, and to rediscover Paris' landscape.

 - The Olympic Landmark is a time machine and a future-builder. It is intended to receive visitors, temporarily to the Batignolles site, and to reveal to them its future.

 - It is intended to be temporary, re-usable or duplicated.

 - Participants must ensure that at least 20 people, including those with restricted mobility, can have access to the structure at any one time, while complying with current safety standards.

 - The maximum accessible height should not exceed 28 metres from the existing ground level.

 - The applicants may propose a covered structure, but it must not be entirely enclosed, allowing access directly from outside, in accordance with current safety standards.

 - The applicants must consider access to the landmark, its installation within the site, and the enclosure for the site.

 - The participants must confirm the structure's stability and public safety before submitting their designs.

 - The participants must ensure that the structure can be built within 3 months from the awarding of the prize: manufacture and/or prefabrication, and assembly.


The competitors' bids may only be submitted electronically from the applicant's space on the competition website:

4.1 Application Procedures
 - Initially, each team registers according to the following procedure:
   information sheet, with all mandatory fields completed (team name; team members; name and nationality of mandatory architect; address, town, post code, country and telephone number of mandatory architect)
   entry and confirmation of the team's e-mail address
   password entry and confirmation (6 characters) as chosen by the team
   confirmation of this information
   the team will receive a confirmatory e-mail of the registration from the organisers, showing the password for downloading all the items needed for the applicants' participation and entry submissions.

The entry deadline is 31 July 2004, 16:00hrs, Paris time.

 - The second stage is for applicants to submit their proposals, anonymously, by the 6th September 2004, 4pm (Paris time).
For anonymity reasons, the link between the code and the name of the team will only be sent to the jury once the prize-winner(s) has been selected, and the ranking determined for the 6 best designs.
The documents must not contain any names, or indications of their author, otherwise the bid will be rejected.

The organiser will send a confirmatory e-mail acknowledging receipt of the documents from the applicant.

4.2 Meeting of Technical Commission
A technical commission will meet after the closing date for receipt of designs, and before the jury reunion. It will check that the content of the entries matches the requirements of the competition and the ability of applicants and composition of the application package.
The technical commission will not in any way evaluate the quality of the material submitted by the competitors.
The technical commission will eliminate from the competition:
   entries received after the deadline;
   entries with too few or too many documents, or where these do not comply with the requirements of article 3, or with the language requirement;
   documents that do not comply with the anonymity.

4.3 Jury Deliberations
The jury will study the documents submitted by the competitors.

The jury, chaired by the owner, will select a prize-winner, and will produce a list of the 6 entries it considers the most satisfactory along the lines of the criteria defined in article 5.3., as well as the prizes it proposes to award, as defined by article 10 of these rules.

4.4 Public Exhibition
A public exhibition of all the designs that complied with the rules and were submitted to the jury will be organised, after the owner has chosen the winning team.


5.1 Composition of Competition Jury
The jury will consist of the following members:

 - Chairman of the jury: The Chairman (President) of the PARIS 2012 Bid Committee.

 - The jury consists of :
   a college of International Architects
   a college of Public Institutions
   a college of Qualified Personalities

5.2 Working Procedures
 - Right of discussion and vote casting:
All the named members of the jury have an equal right of discussion and vote.
Decisions are taken by the majority of voting members.
The Chairman of the jury has over-ruling vote in the case of two or more applicants obtaining the same numbers of votes.

 - Quorum
Jury members are called for meetings with at least 5 clear days' notice. There is a quorum when half of the members, plus one, with a over-ruling vote, are present. If after the first summon the quorum is not achieved, the jury is called again. It will then meet validly without a quorum requirement.

 - Representatives
An equal number of representatives and named members are appointed. A named member may be replaced by his/her representative.

5.3 Evaluation judgment criteria
The criteria for evaluating the competitors' entries are as follows (in decreasing order of importance):
 - Response to the aims of the competition;

 - Compliance with regulations imposed on applicants;

 - Architectural quality (incorporation in the site, design decision);

 - Respect of the overall budgetary costs as set by the owner at 900.000€ (excluding tax and including architect fees);

 - Feasibility;

 - Compliance with lead times;

 - Respect of the spirit and values of the Olympic Charter and the IOC code of ethics (due to the Olympic Charter's volume we are unable to provide each candidate with the text but you may find it at the following address:

5.4 Organisation of the Competition Jury's selection procedure
The jury will exclude from the judging process:
   entries that do not comply with the aims of the competition, as stated in article 1 and the terms of article 3;
   entries that do not respect anonymity;

5.5 Jury Report
The jury produces a report classifying the 6 entries it considers the most satisfactory in accordance with these rules.


After the competition, the owner, may award, after negotiation,
one or more contracts for the design and architectural work to the chosen prize winner(s).


7.1 Description of Entries
The entries of the competitors will provide, according to the list of contents given in article 3 of these regulations, and which form their bid, must show clearly their understanding of the aims, conditions and challenges.

7.2 Monetary Unit
The monetary unit is the euro.

7.3 Official Languages of the Competition
The competition documentation must be produced in either French or English.

7.4 Deadline
The application submission deadline (date and time) are shown in the calendar. One competitor, a physical or moral entity, may only submit one competition entry.

7.5 Additional Information
 - Once registered, all those participating in the competition may submit questions to the organisers of the competition, between the 10th June and 15th July 2004. The Organiser undertakes to answer questions as quickly as possible.

 - All the participants' questions, and organiser's answers will be available to all participants. When identical questions are asked, the organiser may group them together for a shared answer.

7.6 Conditions for Submitting Entries
The entries submitted by the competitors, as defined in article 3 of these competition rules, must be sent electronically.


The documents in the competition consultation package include:
   the competition rules and regulations
   site photos
   Plans and documents required for a proper understanding of the site
   questions from applicants and answers from the organiser

All these documents will be available on the competition website, from 10 June 2004.


Competition Launch
1st June 2004

On-line Registration
From 1st June 2004 to 31 July 2004, 4 pm (Paris time)

Downloading Competition File
from 10 June 2004

Question Phase
from 10 June 2004 to 15 July 2004

Answers to Questions (Q & A)
20 -25 July 2004

Closing Date for Submitting Designs on Line
Monday 6 September 2004, 4 pm (Paris time)

Jury and Announcement of Results
September 2004

Exhibition at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Autumn 2004

Launch of the Olympic Landmark
January 2005


Following the jury's decision, the owner will award the following prizes to the six entries it considers the most satisfactory, in accordance with the competition rules:

 - 1st prize: EUR 10 000

 - 2nd prize: EUR 8 000

 - 3rd prize: EUR 5 000

 - 1st, 2nd and 3rd distinctions: EUR 2000 for each distinction


11.1 The designs are the property of the Owner.

11.2 The competitors transfer to the Owner:
   the right to copy, duplicate, print, adapt the drawings, studies, sketches, preliminary designs, models, etc. that are the subject of this consultation, in black and white or colour, on any medium, whether paper or other;
   the right to use these copies for producing, publishing, distributing, printing and reprinting any type of publication, postcards, etc. of any structure, in any format, publication (mode) and distribution mode (including on-line) without limit as to the numbers produced.

In this respect, the owner may, in particular, as long as the architect's naming right is acknowledged:

   exploit all designs for any action deemed to be appropriate for Paris' bid for the 2012 Olympic games;

   display the designs in Paris at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, for an exhibition dedicated to the competition, as well as in any itinerant events and or exhibitions.

   publish the designs in a work relating to the competition moreover, the winner(s) transfer and abandon to the competition owner the right to reproduce plans, studies, sketches, preliminary designs, models…object of consultation, for the realisation of this work;

The prize winners transfer these rights worldwide, free of charge, for the duration of the literary and artistic ownership of the work.


 - On line, by the 31 July 2004, 4 pm (Paris time) :

 - Registration fee: free


The bids are valid for 200 days from the submission deadlines. (date of submission of bids).

Only the French version of the rules and regulations of the competition is legally valid.