Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Arquitectos|BAK GORDON arquitectos
2795140,00 m 2
The realization of an event the magnitude of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is a great opportunity to perform exemplary actions in the city, aiming to trigger desirable changes and at the same time, consolidate aspects of the inherent beauty already inscribed in its natural landscape and built - this was the purpose of participation in this competition.
The solution provided for the opening of a channel cut straight along the ground, which outlined its southern half as a lake island, while the northern half remained connected to the mainland. With this reconfiguration of the territory, the project created an important model of urbanity to the area: a channel 40 meters wide and approximately 1km in length, harboring a new front for the water to 2km in length, through lowered public tours and lively the landscape and a lively local market.
If the construction of the canal is supported by clear technical advantages, such as the organization of a drainage system, and creating an equivalence between volumes of cut and fill required for the settlement of the area, she also organized the flow field, and basically gave a reference scale for the post. Enclosure large gatherings during the games, the site would contain two large public squares to the crowd, which were mediated - both from a visual standpoint as the use of space - guarded by this channel, servedby pleasant walking areas in lower level, and crossed by numerous bridges and walkways, under which vessels sail small and medium businesses. In the post-Olympics, the channel would be the major guiding the joint between the sports equipment and the remaining residential use, which define the character of the neighborhood.
At its western end, the channel was backed by a symbolically vertical March: a hotel tower with 22 floors, which offer beautiful views to both the Olympic Park and the Lake Jacarepaguá.