Sector E encompasses around 53,000 m2 of floor space and includes 525 housing units, an office building and a crèche, as well as activity areas and commercial premises. The facilities will host over 2,500 athletes in summer 2024 and, from 2025, future residents of Saint-Ouen.
A consortium bringing together more than 50 French companies from all over the country employing a low-carbon approach will shine a light on French expertise, particularly in the area of sustainable cities. The project includes an economical construction process combining wood and low-carbon concrete. This solution, implemented by Eiffage Construction, will reduce the Paris project’s carbon footprint to just a quarter of that of the London Games. All of the wood used will be of French origin, provided by the country’s two largest forestry management companies: la Société Forestière du groupe Caisse des Dépôts and Groupama, with another French company, Simonin, carrying out milling and treatment. In addition, a smart energy management system will be set up to reduce the buildings’ energy consumption, and rooftop solar energy panels with energy storage in the form of zinc-air batteries will be used to partially power the accommodation. With technology developed by EDF, these pollution-free and 100% recyclable batteries mark a first in Europe.
The village is being built both to welcome athletes in 2024 and, later, residents of Saint-Ouen in the years to come. As such, green spaces are a key focus – making up 25% of the site – to provide cooling in anticipation of future climate change. A varied landscape of native species covers the village, from the ground to the roof, with a wild plant nursery, traditional Saint-Ouen-style market gardens, a wild meadow and vertical gardens across sweeping balconies. As a result of these actions, the entire programme will qualify for the BiodiverCity® label.
After its international role at Paris 2024, the village will become a neighbourhood, incorporating aspects of the local area’s history such as market gardens and flea markets. Seven architectural firms — Cobe, KOZ, Atelier Georges, SOA, Barrault-Pressaco, Lambert Lénack and DREAM — have designed a project that follows and perfects the guide drawing created by Dominique Perrault, featuring unique and spectacular structures. The project also includes new areas for socialising, such as shared kitchens and rooftop basketball courts.
After the Games, the buildings’ lower floors will house shops and restaurants as well as 1,400 m2 of space set aside for training and entrepreneurship. These facilities will contribute to building the wealth of skilled trades and digital services offered by le Mobilier National, a French institution that stores and maintains antique furnishings, and École Simplon, a school offering digital training courses, among others. By guaranteeing accessibility to all and developing a stimulating environment and style of architecture, the neighbourhood promotes the universal values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.