Paris Olympics: Forget Steel, for 2024 the Story Is Wood!

19 March 2024

With just 180 days before the 2024 Olympic Games begins, Paris organisers are flat out to complete venues behind schedule – with the mass timber Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Village finally inaugurated last week!

To celebrate the games – 100 years since the 1924 games, the last time Paris hosted the Olympics, organisers have unveiled the official Olympic and Paralympic posters, which it says pay tribute to the “Surrealist Manifesto” written and published by Andre Breton.

Designed by Parisian artist Ugo Gattoni, they complement each other to form a double poster, illustrating the main historical monuments in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grand Palais.

The Champs de Mars Arena was constructed using a massive glue-laminated timber superstructure (Image Credit: Eric Asselin via Twitter)

They also show the sports venues and facilities for the Olympic and Paralympic Games: the Stade de France, the River Seine and the Pont Alexandre III, and the sea, about Marseille and the Teahupoo surfing site in Tahiti.

“This represents some 2,000 hours of work,” according to Mr Gattoni, who provided an insight into the artist methodology behind both posters.

Paris is the first games to be delivered in line with the IOC’s “greener agenda”, with Etienne Thobois, the Paris 2024 CEO, confirming that all bar two of the 35 venues are already built and being upcycled for the games.

And because of this, it won’t, organisers insist, cost the earth. 

Paris is using its world-famous landmarks as venues to lessen its carbon footprint—footage courtesy of @TODAY.

In a significant shift, 95% of the Paris venues will be existing or temporary, with only the athletes’ village and aquatics centre constructed from scratch – a model now being promoted for all future games, including Brisbane 2032, where there is a major push to retrofit venues from the 1982 Commonwealth Games.

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