Restructuring and Public operation
Ville de Dijon
€ 16 million, excluding tax
Net floor area
2006 – 2010
– Feasibility study for the Gaston Gérard Municipal Sports Stadium, with eventual seating for 22,000
– Extension and creation of 10,587 seats in the first phase
Architect in charge
Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon
Engineer and Economist
Pictures:Véronique.Devancourt (Kalzip company), M.Rémon
Gaston Gérard Stadium / City of DijonDijon
Redefining a Curve
To host Premier League matches, the Gaston Gérard Stadium was to have a two-part extension. Because of competition requirements, the City of Dijon needed to beef up the stadium capacity and in the end provide 22,000 covered seats. The rebuild kickoff, launched by Michel Rémon, determined the scale of the future stadium, which would be completed according to the client’s wishes and the club’s results.
Nestled in an attractive urban park close to the city, the stadium avoids any pretense of monumentality. Monolithic with rounded corners, the eye glides easily across its elementary shapes to melt into its wooded environment.
“The compact nature of the arena and the cauldron effect around the players” sought by the architect are achieved “simply” by the unity of the overall layout. The first phase – creation of the “short sides” (stands on the north and south) prefigures the homogeneous silhouette of all the stadium stands and circulation spaces. This phase provides for the connection of all the stands and announces their definitive curve in the line of the shell and the roof, in the structural outlines and in the circulation spaces. Esthetics and safety evolve together: stairways, elevators and open spaces serving the stadium show, from the first works section, the efficiency required for the definitive phase.
To achieve, inside and out, a remarkable effect of “a coliseum, a continuous arena”,, there are no corridors leading to the terraces to disturb the continuity of the 25 rows of lower stands. Located 1.40 meters above the pitch to guarantee the players are not disturbed, these stands are reached from the aisle above them. At ground level, broad areas protected by a Kalzip covering provide a place for get-togethers before the match and at halftime. At the top of the stadium, three rows of stands are at the end of the lounges and boxes. With one’s back to the stadium, these spaces afford a breathtaking view of the city of Dijon and the surrounding countryside.
“The aluminum in which the stadium is clad, along with its curves, helps to blur the stadium lines: its luminous clarity merges with the sky.”