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Laudescher: Elevating Olympic Infrastructure with Wood Pannels

Laudescher: Elevating Olympic Infrastructure with Wood Pannels
UCPA Aqua Stadium Mérignac © Studio Erick Saillet

Laudescher’s innovative wood products are elevating the infrastructure of the Paris 2024 Olympics, providing crucial acoustic solutions and environmental sustainability across ten projects, from state-of-the-art arenas to the Athletes’ Village.

As the world eagerly anticipates the Paris 2024 Olympics, the spotlight shines on the athletes and the intricate infrastructure that supports this global spectacle. Amidst the flurry of construction and renovation, one company stands out for its innovative contribution to the Games: Laudescher.

With a legacy spanning over 55 years, Laudescher has established itself as a pioneer in architectural acoustics and design. Based in Normandy, France, the company’s expertise lies in crafting solid wood slat panels renowned for their aesthetic appeal and acoustic properties. It is this expertise that has earned Laudescher a prominent place in the development of ten Olympics-related projects across France.

Here are the ten projects featuring Laudescher products for the Paris 2024 Olympics:

  • Arena Béthune Bruay (Architect: Chabanne)
  • Athletica (formerly CDFAS) (Architect: Atelier 2/3/4)
  • Centers for Aquatic Sports in Seine Saint-Denis (Multiple architects)
  • The Athletes’ Village (Multiple architects)
  • UCPA Aqua Stadium, Mérignac (Architect: Chabanne)
  • Aulnay-sous-Bois Aquatic Training Center (Architect: Chabanne)
  • Bois-Colombes Aquatic Training Center (Architect: A5 and Dubuisson)
  • Aubervilliers Aquatic Training Center (Architect: Chabanne)
  • Annette Kellerman Departmental Aquatic Center, Saint-Denis (Architect: BVL Architecture)
  • Mérignac Aquatic Training Center (Architect: Chabanne)

At the forefront of Laudescher’s involvement in the Paris 2024 Olympics is the Arena Béthune Bruay. Designed by Chabanne, this state-of-the-art complex in Verquin, inaugurated in March 2023, has been dubbed the “largest Dojo in the world.” Boasting over 1000 square meters, a space that can welcome 3000 spectators and whose walls are adorned with Laudescher’s Linea panels, the arena sets a new standard for both functionality and elegance in combat sports facilities.

But Laudescher’s impact extends far beyond combat sports. In aquatic sports, the company’s panels provide crucial acoustic solutions in training centers across Seine-Saint-Denis. From Aulnay-sous-Bois to Saint-Denis, Laudescher’s presence ensures that athletes can train in environments optimized for performance and concentration.

One of the most significant projects bearing Laudescher’s mark is the Athletes’ Village. Designed to accommodate athletes and staff during the Games and transform into a vibrant community post-event, the village embodies the spirit of sustainability and innovation. Buildings like E3, designed by DREAM, showcase Laudescher’s commitment to creating spaces that are not only visually stunning but also environmentally conscious.

Located in Mérignac, the UCPA Aqua Stadium exemplifies the use of Laudescher’s innovative wood products in aquatic environments. Designed by Chabanne, this cutting-edge aquatic training center offers a state-of-the-art facility for athletes preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Crafted from pine and coated with water-resistant wax and varnish, these panels ensure durability and elegance, even in high-humidity environments.

Beyond aesthetics, Laudescher’s panels serve a vital function in combating noise pollution in sports facilities. Designed to absorb sound effectively, they create a conducive environment for athletes to train without distraction. This is particularly crucial in aquatic centers, where managing humidity levels and reverberations is paramount to creating an optimal training environment.

The compatibility of Laudescher’s panels with aquatic environments is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation. Crafted from pine and coated with water-resistant wax and varnish, these panels offer both durability and aesthetic appeal, ensuring they can withstand the rigors of high-humidity environments while maintaining their elegance.

Laudescher’s unwavering dedication to environmental stewardship is seen through certifications including PEFC, FSC, Cradle to Cradle, and B Corp. The company has positioned itself as a leader in sustainable architecture. Its contributions to projects like the Mérignac aquatic center align with the Paris 2024 Olympics’ ambitious environmental goals, demonstrating that sustainability and innovation can go hand in hand.

As the Paris 2024 Olympics draw nearer, Laudescher’s role in shaping the infrastructure for this historic event cannot be overstated. With each project, the company showcases its expertise and contributes to creating environments that inspire and empower athletes for generations to come.

In a world where sustainability and innovation are more important than ever, Laudescher serves as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that it is possible to build a better future through thoughtful design and craftsmanship. As the world comes together to celebrate the pinnacle of athletic achievement in Paris 2024, Laudescher stands ready to leave an indelible mark on Olympic history.