Today’s big surprise of RG was definitely the qualification of the 19 YO Corentin Mourtet. For his first participation to the tournament, the young French man confronted the croat Player Ivo Karlovic, the game took place at the new annex court number 7, one of the many ongoing changes and additions to the Roland Garros Stadium.
As an architect, I was really thrilled this morning to know that I’m going to discover some of the new transformation. Especially when I realized that a group of the most talented contemporary French architects and landscape firms worked on this new Roland Garros Project, such as Chaix & Morel et associés, Corajoud, Marc Mimram, etc.
The watchword around here is clearly ELEGANCE, reflecting the RG spirit is the main concern of the organizers and the design team. Quality is obviously put before quantity, the architectural and cultural history of the site is respected to the fullest. The burrstone buildings have been carefully renovated to look just like those that were built at the end of the 19th century.
Personally, I think that The Village is becoming my personal favorite spot. That large yet harmonious aluminum and glass building sits proudly, as the new landmark, in the center of the stadium. It’s used by tournament’s organizers and officials, we watched few matches on the new courts 7 and 9 from a vast partially planted terrace. The partners started hosting their guests in the beautifully designed hospitality areas. As for me, passing by the Moët Hennessy lounge and sipping on some champagne, while chatting with the crew and visitors between matches, is becoming my daily ritual. The playful and arty space is conceived as an Art Gallery, celebrating l’Art de Vivre à la Française and exhibiting some of Moët & Chandon’s best artistic and design oriented collabs.
The other highlight of my day was having the privilege of visiting the construction site of Simonne-Mathieu Court. Designed by Marc Mimram and located in the stunning Auteuil Gardens, the court is semi-subterranean and surrounded by new greenhouses, the structure is completed and only awaiting their plants. We had the chance to discover the final project through a virtual reality experience in the relaxing public area, but hopefully everything will be ready in time for the 2019 tournament! This is one of the many reasons that will be bringing me back to RG in the next years, or let’s say decades!