Jean Bouin: a rugby cathedral made of concrete in the heart of Paris

10 June 2014

On 30 August 2013, the Jean Bouin Stadium hosted its first high level rugby match after 3 years of expansion and renovation. A rebirth in beauty, as the "new Jean Bouin" now dresses in a delicate concrete latticework with bold curves covering all the stands! A world first made possible by Ductal®, LafargeHolcim's ultra high performance fibre-reinforced concrete (UHPC). Enter the arena!


The venerable 9,000-seat Jean Bouin stadium built in 1925 is hardly recognizable behind the new ultra-modern building that can now accommodate 20,000 rugby fanatics.

Jean Bouin Stadium is now wearing a latticework with feminine and sensual curves, designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and built with our ultra high performance fibre-reinforced concrete (UHPC) Ductal®.

Both bones and skin, façade and waterproof cover, this UHPC envelope is perforated over 30% of let light through while protecting the spectators from rain and wind.

The mesh also gives the new Jean Bouin its unique look. Finally, the latticework allows the new Jean Bouin Stadium to preserve the urban character of the original stadium, by blending smoothly into the urban landscape of the neighborhood. The public can see the surrounding cityscape and vice-versa!

Ductal®, a lightweight, flexible, resistant and beautiful concrete!

Covering 23,000m ², with 12,000m² of waterproof cover, the concrete latticework is a world first. It has claimed numerous technical prowesses:

  • double curve morphology, in order to maximize the constructive heights authorized,
  • a watertight seal between the concrete and glass all over the surface of the stadium,
  • a sound barrier, capable of amplifying the festive atmosphere of 20,000 enthusiastic spectators, while minimizing disturbance to surrounding residents.

These many constraints have advocated Ductal®, LafargeHolcim's UHPC being the only material capable of providing the necessary combination of flexibility, lightness and resistance. In addition, our UHPC requires fewer joints, less installation time and provides greater security (all parts are molded in a workshop).

It is now up to the Stade Français Paris players, the home club, to get results matching their new setting!