Congratulations to AECOM for winning the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Park Design Competition. Along with the traditional olympic competition, the grounds will play host to the 2016 Para-Olympic Games, 2014 World Cup, and the 2011 Military Games.
The Games “represent a celebration of sports and will be a source of transformation for the city, promoting an environmental, architectural, cultural and sustainable economy legacy, benefiting the urban environment and the quality of life of citizens.”
Via the official site, ” the Rio 2016 Olympic Park is located in one of the four Olympic centers scheduled for development of the 2016 Games, and concentrates the greatest number of sporting equipment and installations. It is a fundamental space for the development of the Olympic Games and for the vitality of Rio de Janeiro. During the Games, this center will concentrate the main sporting events and offer large meeting spaces for the public, sponsors and athletes. Built in Barra da Tijuca, the Olympic Park will be centrally located in relation to the other sporting arenas in Deodoro, Maracanã and Copacabana. It will also be the largest new development built exclusively for the Games.”
AECOM – with American Bill Hanway as chief architect and Brazilian Daniel Gusmão as the project´s author (architecture/master planning) – won the International Competition for the Master Plan of Rio 2016 Olympic Park. AECOM is also responsible for the London 2012 Olympic Park Master Plan.
According to the jury, the winning project stood out mainly because of the concept of operation, separate access for athletes and the audience, the logistics for the transport system, the viability of implementation and a unique access for parking. In terms of the legacy that the project will leave to the city, the highlights were environmental preservation and the viability of maintaining and preserving the lagoon.
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Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition