Dominique Perrault Wins Competition to Design the New Roof on Suzanne Lenglen Tennis Court

Dominique Perrault wins the competition to design the new roof on Suzanne Lenglen’s tennis court

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Dominique Perrault Architecture won the competition for the design of the new retractable roof of the Suzanne Lenglen tennis court. The “architectural intervention” not only brings a roof, but also proposes a large architectural ensemble, the silhouette of which is in dialogue with both the surrounding landscape and the architecture of the existing building.

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In line with the latest work on the retractable roofing of Philippe Chatrier-Platz and the construction of the new Simone Mathieu-Platz on the Roland Garros tournament grounds, the new roofing of Suzanne Lenglen-Platz should fit into this context. Dominique Perrault proposed a large architectural ensemble, not just a retractable cover, and envisioned a floating roof over the courtyard.

“The intervention preserves the integrity of the existing volume by defining a U-shaped pure and technical structure open to the peaks of the Bois de Boulogne.” The cover consists of a mobile part made of canvas and a fixed part, the support and integrates all necessary devices. It can be quickly folded in and out. By creating a dialogue between a new flat horizontal surface and the existing curves of the side stands, the project improves the geometry of the Suzanne Lenglen Court.

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The proposed roof consists of a series of technical solutions adapted to specific challenges and towers over the existing stands with sufficient overlap. The two east and west arms of the U with a span of 87 meters cover the grandstands on three sides and integrate the rails and locking mechanisms of the movable roof, while the southern part forms a storage box for the folding roof and the winch and motor to activate the deployment mechanism thanks to the movable Button. In addition, “the structural system of the steel structure is mainly based on the screw arrangement. At the side, a mesh fabric, which is attached to the longitudinal beams at the top and to the existing concrete posts, surrounds the stands. “

The mobile shell of the courtyard by Suzanne Lenglen, which is intended as a pleated fabric, unfolds with delicacy and lightness in a solid frame. Like a membrane, the movable roof consists of a series of 21 modules made of stretched V-shaped canvas, which are fastened between cables. Each module is approximately 5 meters wide and 44 meters long. The proposed fabric is a PTFE fiber fabric that has “high light transmission, low maintenance, robustness with repeated folding and unfolding movements, preservation of its mechanical properties in cold weather and a much longer service life than conventional fabrics”.

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Suzanne Lenglen’s courtyard opens to the peaks of the Bois de Boulogne to the north and an urban setting to the south and forms the main facade of the Roland Garros site. The project, which is located in the central walking axis, also offered the opportunity to improve the quality of the existing public spaces, especially the forecourt south of the courtyard. In fact, “as soon as the square is covered, the square forms a protected place that can be activated and animated during sporting events”.

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  • Competition: 1st prize
  • Location: “French Open”, Avenue Gordon Benette, 75016 Paris
  • Client: The French Tennis Federation (FFT) + Olympic Books Delivery Company (Solideo).
  • Contractor: Renaudat Center Constructions, Steel Structure, Chateauroux
  • Architect: Perrault Architecture (DPA / Paris)
  • Co-contractor: – Ramery (construction work), Laigneville – Taiyo (canvas), Muehweg
  • Co-contracting engineering offices: – Structure: T / E / S / S, Paris – Liquids / CFO-CFA: CHOULET, Clermont-Ferrand – Mechanism: MEC A, Nantes – Acoustics / lighting: Lamoureux, Paris -Environment: ELEMENT, Paris
  • Subcontracting engineering firms: – Roads and networks: Mozaïc, Caen – Economy: AXIO, Paris – BIM: Aur Blanc, Lyon – Execution project management: Calq, Paris

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