Images: Courtesy of Rio de Janeiro's mayor office.
Authorities from Rio de Janeiro announced the winning project in the international contest held to design the Olympic Park to be built for the 2016 games. The winning project is focused in the preservation of nature and of the lagoon in the area, as well as in ensuring the conditions for new developments to be installed in the area after the event.
Presented as a "clean, cool and biodiverse new urban quarter that mimics the local natural environment," the project defines the disposition of the permanent and temporary installations for the games (the actual buildings and stadiums will be subject to new contests). It was developed by British consultancy AECOM, also responsible for the London 2012 Olympic Park urban plan.
In its presentation, the winning project states:
"Five rainforest villages - Five distinct 'villages' inspired by rare flora found in the Atlantica rainforests, are placed along the 'Olympic way' celebrating the unique characteristics of the rainforest, and the ethos and energy of the Olympic Games. The villages comprise striking canopy structures providing shade and shelter for spectators."
The proposal prioritizes the preservation of the environmental qualities of the site, encouraging the protection of soil permeability and the use of sustainable technological innovations such as energy generation, sustainable water management and waste reduction in the construction process.
It also places special interest in public spaces to connect the sporting and future installations, as well as ensuring universal access and making use of the existing buildings created for the Pan American Games Rio hosted in 2007.
With a 1.18 million sq. meters area (over 12 million sq. feet), the park will host competitions for 10 Olympic sports and 12 Paralympic, along with a press and broadcasting center for 20 thousand journalists. It's expected to get 200 thousand visitors a day.
After the games, 60% of the areas will be cleared for new developments, whereas some of the sporting buildings will be turned into the first Olympic Training Center in South America.