Ferret, Pierre


Flexibility in daily use ; the example of the Grand Stade de Lille

In order to make the the Grand Stade de Lille profitable, The major architectural innovation “la boîte à spectacles”of the Grand Stade de Lille, renews the possibilities for stadium usage and proposes a new architectural model which had to be invented to provide genuine, high-quality multi functionality. The grand stade de Lille is therefore three buildings in one : a stadium, an arena, a concert hall. In all three configurations, the proximity, essential for intimacy and a friendly atmosphere between “the spectator” and the “player”, is optimal.


Pierre Ferret graduated in architecture (DPLG) in 1975 from ‘ l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris’  and ‘l’Ecole  d’Architecture de Bordeaux’. In 1975 ‘le Grand Prix de Rome’ had been presented to Pierre Ferret.

Very quickly, Pierre Ferret became not only a reference in the design and construction of sports facilities and stadia ( Grand Stade de Lille, Toulouse stadium, and Lens stadium for Euro cup 2016) but also an expert in specialised sport related concepts.  He developed the concept of National Specialised Center for sports like the National Football Center in Clairefontaine. He also participated in the elaboration of the candidacy of France for the hosting of the World Cup in 1998, of South Korea and Japan in 2002 and of Egypt in 2010. These types of infrastructure are usually erected amidst complex sites: Pierre Ferret has quite an inventive manner of responding to those complexities.
Despite the fact that uniformity is often present in sports structures, Pierre Ferret strives to design with the context and cultural values.

First price ‘Grand Prix  d’architecture de Rome’ awarded by French Institute

Member of the ‘Académie Française d’architecture' (national correspondent)

President of   l’ ADAM ( Organization for the defense of contemporary architecture)

Member of  l’ AFEX  (Organization for exporting French architects)

Lecturer at the University of Sport of Bordeaux (Masters in management UFR – STAPS)