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.