454 PROJECTS FOR PARIS 2012
Strawn + Sierralta's award winning project for an Olympic landmark exhibited in Paris at the city's center for architecture and urbanism.
The Paris 2012 Olympic bid committee launched an international competition for the design of temporary landmark on the future site of athlete housing in the Batignolles neighborhood. Over 400 entries were received and a public exhibition was held to share the creative output with the citizens of Paris and the rest of the world.
"The projects reflect the 'ingredients' that give the Paris bid its unique identity, with a special focus on sustainable development and urban and architectural aesthetics. The spirit of Paris 2012 is to leave residents with a more beautiful, welcoming, and pleasant city to live in."
—BERTRAND DELANOË, MAYOR OF PARIS & PRESIDENT OF PARIS 2012
INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION
Jury of renown architects and designers, select Strawn + Sierralta's project out of 454 entries from 80 countries for "Notable Design" award.
The jury was composed of representatives from government and non-profit institutions, Olympic and Paralympic champions, along with International architects including, Abalos & Herreros (Spain), Shigeru Ban (Japan), Stefano Boeri (Italy), Eric Carlson (USA), Peter Cook (UK), Finn Geipel (Germany), Marc Mimram (France) and Jean Nouvel (France).
PARIS CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM
The Pavillon de l'Arsenal, located in the 4th arrondissement, was built in 1878 and today serves as the city's museum and exhibition center for urban planning and architecture.
The center hosts a rich schedule of exhibitions and public events related to critical design issues "related to the daily life of Parisians". The Pavillon de l'Arsenal has a focus on education, publishing reference books, maintaining a documentation and photo library, and stocking a Library Bookshop with relevant design resources.
A compendium of the landmark design competition published as a companion to the exhibition, "454 Projects for Paris 2012".
At 311 pages, the comprehensive book inventories all the entries for the single-phase, international design competition, including "fixed or mobile structures, inflatable architectures, monoliths, monumental sculptures, observation towers, scaffoldings, giant stairways, ramps and stairs, nacelles, fluorescent ring compositions, stretched canvas towers, diversions of cranes, forests of urban periscopes, light shows, mirrors shows".
DESIGN DESCRIPTION & COMPETITION SUBMISSION
"Field of Play" is a performance-based installation that animates the skyline of Paris and welcomes the Olympic games.
The base of the landmark reaches out and draws visitors from the main axis of the site and lifts them up to a raised platform. Here guests use reclining platforms to look up at the sky and take elevators to gaze out into the city. A collection of construction cranes sprout from the platform, their horizontal arms wrapped in a white, recycled cloth that is lit internally. Crane operators enact choreographed performances reflecting the movement of athletes at the scale of the city skyline.
"Construction cranes, a common sight on the urban landscape, serve as the main vertical structure for the Olympic landmark in Paris, France for the 2012 Olympic bid. The temporary structure is also composed of demountable scaffolding and reusable landscaping materials that will be needed later for the construction of athlete housing on the site. The cranes flex and stretch like athletes. Their innate agility and mobile nature is utilized to animate the skyline of Paris."
—STRAWN + SIERRALTA, PROJECT STATEMENT