PRIX W 2018

Dear students and young architects, 

For 12 years, the Wilmotte Foundation has been promoting the meeting of heritage and contemporary creation through the organization of the Prix W, dedicated to students and young architects.

For its 8th edition, we are pleased to invite you to revitalize the Fort de Villiers, located in the parisian inner ring. You will have to use the architectural grafting and turn it into a complex dedicated to innovation, sport and culture.

Yours projects will have to be in line with the organization of the 2024 Olympics but not limited to it.

The best projects, selected by an international jury, will be remunerated, exhibited in Venice at the Gallery of the Wilmotte Foundation and published in a book dedicated to the competition.

We count on you to innovate within the project constraints, stimulate your creativity, and propose a project at the level of the site and its future ambitions.

We look forward to receiving your proposals that will turn the Fort de Villiers into a unique place.

Now it's your turn!

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The Fort de Villiers is located in the inner ring suburbs of Paris, in the municipality of Noisy-le-Grand, 1 kilometer south of the city center.

Surrounded by the A4 highway, its neighboring environment is residential, consisting of municipal and athletic associations.

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The Fort de Villiers is one of the units on the second outer ring of Paris’ fortified city walls. 

Erected on a terrain of 4 hectares located in Noisy-le-Grand, this structure was designed to protect Paris by the General Séré de Rivieres from 1878 to 1880. 

Originally owned by the Minister of Defense, it housed a military barrack.  From housing shelter to reception area for sporting associations, the fort has served many functions over the years. 

Today, it is owned by the city of Noisy-le-Grand and its purpose is still being defined.

For more information:
Conservation Association of the Fort de Villiers :
Clic here for a virtual tour (youtube)
See plans of the building



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A green



The Fort de Villiers of tomorrow will be resolutely turned towards the future in all its dimensions.
You are invited to create a central meeting point, an authentic and innovative sport and cultural centre, becoming a true green lung for the city.
This “Sport Factory” will also host festivals and temporary events. It will have to be in line with the organization of the 2024 Olympics but not limited to it.



You are invited to transform the Fort de Villiers into a place open to the public, providing overall support for meetings, the exchange of ideas, as well as sporting and cultural events.


- a CENTER dedicated to innovation, culture and sports

Looking to the future, this forum will host sports as well as cultural activities that invent innovate and accompany the emergence of new uses and new projects.
Your proposal may include: co-working spaces, venues, congresses, seminars, sports, training and wellness rooms as well as workshops, catering, housing, etc.
An event program related to the Olympic Games of 2024 can be considered, contributing to the influence of le Grand Paris.


- a green lung

Reveal the landscaping of the site, make it a real place for walking, discovery and relaxation: sports courses, playgrounds, urban agriculture, allotments gardens, sculpture park, etc.
As a development lever to the city, your proposals could include a green housing development or an innovative hotel complex integrated built into the site.

The built surface area for the project will be between 8 000 m² and 15 000m² (on the 4 ha site)
Rectification on 2018-01-15:
The built surface area for the project will be between 10 000 m² and 20 000m² (on the 4 ha site)

Your intervention should mainly take place in the Perimeter 1 (see diagram below).
However, your intervention could also unfold in the near environment (Perimeter 2).
The landscaped areas and access to the site can also be part of your design thought process. Your architectural “grafting” can be of any scale or any type as long as the original architectural elements are preserved.

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The 8th edition of the Prix W has been launched on January 5th, 2018. The deadline to submit your projects is:

Monday, april 16th, 2018 AT Midnight.

You can post questions until March 30th at midnight.

On 20 April 2018, an international panel including experts in architecture, urban planning and landscape design, will select the best projects.

The three winning projects as well as those receiving honorable mentions will be exhibited in Venice at the Wilmotte Foundation Pavillon as part of the International Architecture biennial. The exhibition opening will be held in May in the presence of the winning teams. 



The winning teams will receive the following prize:
#1: 7,000 €
#2: 5,000 €
#3: 2,000 €

The winning teams will also be invited to Venice for the exhibition opening. Winning projects will besides be presented in a book dedicated to the competition.

Discover the former winners →




Have a look at the F.A.Q. to see if it has already been asked.

Otherwise, feel free to contact us

We will answer you, and share it with the others.
NB: deadline to ask your questions is March 30th, 2018 at midnight.