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06-01-2004
Architecture competition for an "Olympic Landmark"

Paris 2012 is launching an international architecture competition for a "Landmark" to be built on the site of the future Olympic Village, in Les Batignolles, located in the capital city’s 17th arrondissement. The competition will be overseen by Pavillon de l’Arsenal.
 
Aerial view of Les Batignolles - © Y. Arthus-Bertrand
The Olympic Landmark is intended to set off the Batignolles site and announce its future.
(© Y. Arthus-Bertrand)
 
 
- The competition site
- Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Currently a railway site, Les Batignolles will become, should Paris be designated the Host City by the International Olympic Committee (CIO), the Olympic Village of the XXX Olympiad, in 2012. Designed by international architects and home to athletes the world over, it will become a new neighbourhood for all Parisians, once the Games have come to a close.
 
As a preliminary stage, Paris 2012 has chosen to open an international competition for an "Olympic Landmark" to be built. Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the City of Paris’ Information, Documentation and Exhibition Centre on Urban Development and Architecture, has been commissioned by Paris 2012 to oversee the competition and display all of the designs submitted, in autumn 2004.
 
The Olympic Landmark is intended to set off the Batignolles site and announce its future. It will symbolise an event and may become the emblem of a place.
 
"Modernity and vitality"
 
Philippe Baudillon, CEO of Paris 2012, feels that, "these Games will bring modernity and vitality to Paris and France, providing the perfect link between our past and our future.  This is what the landmark will demonstrate. This international competition will be an invitation to imagine and dare".
 
A Web site (URL: http://architecture.parisjo2012.fr) has been fully dedicated to the event.  The single-stage, public, anonymous competition will take place entirely by Internet, starting on 1 June 2004.
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