Press – The Aquatics Centre at the top of its game in 2024

Aiming for 2024!


Work on the Saint-Denis Aquatic Centre and its pedestrian crossing is entering its final phase, before it is unveiled to professional and amateur sportsmen and women, and spectators from all over the world.

The facility is one of the most eagerly awaited projects of 2024.


Archdaily – The 21 projects most anticipated awaited in 2024

In its selection of the 21 most eagerly awaited projects published in December 2023, Archdaily highlights the versatility of the Aquatic Centre as a multi-sports complex to be delivered in the spring for the upcoming international competitions, but designed first and foremost for the legacy and residents of the city of Saint-Denis and the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area.

In this selection, the Aquatic Centre rubs shoulders with Parisian and metropolitan projects such as the Olympic Village and the restoration of Notre Dame de Paris, as well as international projects such as the Snohetta cultural facilities in Norway, Beijing and Australia, the Hida Takayama University designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects and ‘The Village’, the Johns Hopkins University Student Centre designed by BIG, to name but a few.


Azure Magazine – The 10 landmark projects shaping architecture in 2024

For this shortlist, Azure Magazine has selected projects that exemplify the evolutive potential of architectural design. At the top of the list, the Aquatic Centre has been hailed for its design, which reflects a new way of looking at architecture, placing sustainability and reversibility at the heart of the project. The reduced footprint, optimised energy consumption, use of bio-sourced and 100% recycled materials… these are just some of the criteria reflecting a long-term vision praised by the editors.

“While it will certainly cause a stir this summer as the backdrop to water polo and diving competitions, come back in 2034 and you’ll find – let’s hope – a facility that’s still at the top of its game”!

Among the projects in this selection are the Goethe Institute in Dakar, designed by Kéré Architecture, and the Populus project in Denver, by Studio Gang, and the Sun Rock Building in Taiwan, designed by MVRDV, two projects also nominated by Archdaily.


A great way to start the year for all our teams. As an added bonus, we are delighted to unveil the latest photographs taken by Jean-Philippe Mesguen Salem Mostefaoui, Ateliers 2/3/4/ and the Métropole du Grand Paris, with the ponds being filled with water.

For more information, visit the project page.


Contracting authority: Métropole du Grand Paris

Consortium leader: Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France

Architects: Ateliers 2/3/4/ + VenhoevenCS

Landscaper: Ateliers 2/3/4/

BET Structure: sbp – Schlaich Bergermann Partner

Seats in 100% recycled plastic: Le Pavé

And many more…