Main ContractorsArchitect: AIA Architectes
Engineering: AIA Ingénierie
ProgrammeRugby Stadium, new stands, interior reconfiguration of the stadium
Surface(s)Standard configuration: 14,000 seats; maximal configuration: 36,000 seats
Timeline1st phase: September 2017, 2nd phase: September 2018
The Gerland Stadium, renamed Matmut Stadium Gerland, was designed by Tony Garnier and built in 1920. After a first intervention in 1998, AIA Architects reconfigured the structure in 2017 without distorting the original idea. The lateral stands have been elevated and reprofiled in order to shorten the distance between the audience and the pitch. The two lateral stands are equipped with bars that extend into terraces with views on the stadium. VIP areas were installed in the top stands and the floor hosting the boxes was redesigned. Subtlety and levity are essential. Indeed, if one wishes to respect the specificities of a past work, both these qualities must be applied during the architectural conception. The new stands draw inspiration from the stadium’s initial regulating layout, and therefore manage to overcome the restrictions of the pre-existing. Bringing them closer to the pitch has freed up the former peripheral gallery and revealed its former glory. This gallery was designed by Tony Garnier when he conceived that “Stadium for athletic sports”, which is now considered a historic monument. The stands are built in a mix of materials: concrete for the stands themselves, metal for the pillars and the roof’s attachments, and canvas for the roof itself. Elegantly, they rise in the skies of Gerland.
LOU Rugby occupies the stadium since January 2017, since the Olympique Lyonnais left for the Parc OL.