Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Parc Olympique Lyonnais


Architect: Populous

The Parc Olympique Lyonnais, nicknamed the Stade des Lumières (stadium of light), is a 59,186-seat next generation multi-purpose arena in Décines near Lyon. The stadium, which officially opened in January 2016, is the new residence of French football club Olympique Lyonnais and hosted many of the EURO 2016 games as well as the final of the European Rugby Cup 2016 and will host the opening and final games of the Female Football World Cup in 2019.

As part of the design of the stadium 7688m² of clear, 1mm thick corrugated polycarbonate sheets where incorporated into the canopy roof. The rooflights, a key feature allowing the stadium to become a beacon of light at night, were specifically designed to reflect the essence of Olympique Lyonnais, the city of Lyon, and the famous Fête des Lumières.

The decision to use corrugated polycarbonate sheets in the inner section of the canopy roof was due to the many benefits the material offers, including: light transmission, easy installation, easy maintenance, and cost effectiveness, lightweight material yet durable and impact resistant.

The design objective was to create a building which is a perfect marriage between nature and technology; a stunning stadium that respects its surroundings. The design takes inspiration from the unique relationship that Olympique Lyonnais’ fans have with their stadium; for example the North and South Stands have been designed to respect and facilitate the OL fans’ tradition of singing to one another during games, creating a cacophony of noise and support.

The experience of the supporter is always at the heart of a stadium. In order to maximise the atmosphere created by the fans, the stadium is enveloped by a huge roof structure, creating a canopy effect which echoes the local forests; protecting the spectators in the stands, amplifying the noise within and extending over a large part of the podium surrounding the stadium. This covering allows the match day experience to be extended, creating new spaces for fans to come together outside of the venue.

One of the key design considerations was to create a beacon of light when the stadium was light up at night. The use of clear polycarbonate sheets allowed for the impressive lighting of the stadium to escape the canopy roof and be seen from afar. This combined with the transmission of natural daylight into the stadium during the day to create a bright and airy environment for spectators whilst also providing the perfect environment for healthy grass growth and an attractive pitch with no shadows for televised matches made corrugated polycarbonate the perfect material for the canopy roof.
Another type of polycarbonate profile was chosen to match with the corrugation of the metal roofing sheet to allow for a seamless transition from the metal roof to the polycarbonate canopy.

  • Date: 06 Jul, 2016
  • Category: DESIGN
  • Client: Brett Martin