Olympic Masterplans of Yore, as Rio Launches 2016 Competition
May 4, 2011
Talk about quick turnaround: Yesterday Rio de Janeiro’s city government launched an international competition to design the masterplan for the 2016 Olympics – with the winners announcement scheduled on July 13.
That’s just two months and nine days away, for those of you who aren’t sure what month it is.
The competition will be held in conjunction with Brazil’s Architects Institute (BAI) and the Rio 2014/16 Institute. The park will be located in an area called Barra da Tijuca, a western zone of Rio, and will encompass 10 Olympic venues (containing 15 disciplines) and 11 Paralympic sports competitions. The site is 12,701,414 square feet of land, currently occupied by the Nelson Piquet race track. The masterplan will offer venues like the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, Rio Olympic Arena and Rio Olympic Velodrome.
Anyways, good luck to those of you entering – it’s bound to be a pretty cool project, since the crazy elevation changes and dense urban fabric of Rio offer myriad challenges and inspirations. In the mean time, what plans have been chosen by past Olympic committees? A brief survey:
London’s masterplan for the 2012 games by a team of designers and engineers from Buro Happold, Allies & Morrison, Foreign Office and HOK Sport.
Athens 2004, designed by BVN Architects.
While the 2000 Sydney Olympic masterplan, also by BVN Architects, seems to come from a simpler era (one where photoreal renderings weren’t the status quo for planning presentations!).
Frei Otto’s Olympic Stadium is the most recognizable element in the ill-fated 1972 Munich Games’ plan.