Roger Taillibert Bio, Wiki
Roger Taillibert was born on January 21st, 1926 in Châtres-sur-Cher and died on October 3rd, 2019 at the age of 93. He was a French architect, active as a designer from about 1963 to 1987.
Roger Taillibert Parc des Princes & Olympic Stadium
Taillibert was notable for designing the Parc des Princes in Paris and the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the 1976 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Stadium, with its retractable roof and 175-metre leaning tower, is one of Montreal’s most famous buildings. Taillibert was asked to design the Olympic Stadium by Mayor Jean Drapeau, who saw Taillibert as a great artist, and gave him artistic freedom when it came to the stadium. The stadium remains an icon in the Montreal skyline, despite its controversial past.
Love it or loathe it (and Montreal spent 30 years paying for the massively over-budget project), the Olympic Stadium is certainly one of a kind. RIP to the man behind the design. Roger Taillibert has died at 93. pic.twitter.com/NkZ9TbbLnQ
— Ben O'Hara-Byrne (@Ben_oharabyrne) October 3, 2019
Besides the stadium, Taillibert designed the Montreal Olympic Pool, the Montreal velodrome — now the Montreal Biodôme and skyscrapers in Doha, Qatar.
He was honored by the French government as commander of the Légion d’Honneur, commander of the Ordre National du Mérite, commander of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Architect of "The Big Owe" in #Montreal dies at 93. Roger Taillibert Olympic stadium was beautiful but its roof was wonky and the final cost was many times the orig estimate. pic.twitter.com/ScEp8JbkKX
— Laurence Wall (@LaurenceWall) October 3, 2019
Roger Taillibert Death & Cause
Roger Taillibert died on October 3rd, 2019 at the age of 93. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante tweeted Thursday that Taillibert leaves behind a great legacy in Montreal.
“The Olympic Stadium is known around the world and has given us some great moments in our history,” she wrote.
Le Stade olympique est connu aux quatre coins du monde et il nous a donné certains grands moments de notre histoire. Le legs de Roger Taillebert à Montréal est grand. Mes pensées accompagnent ses proches. https://t.co/E8jYrfpVJI #polmtl
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) October 3, 2019