Olympic Port’s Competition Winner: João Pedro Backheuser with Ignasi Riera

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The winning project of the Olympic Port, which aims at the revitalization and redevelopment of 850 square meters of the port city of Rio de Janeiro, was announced at the headquarters of the Brazilian Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB-RJ) in Rio de Janeiro. The project includes the construction of facilities such as the media and referees villages, a five-star hotel, a convention center and business center that will be used during the 2016 Olympics Games and will be a legacy for the city. More over, this urban intervention leverages the entire project of Marvelous Port Recovery Center of Rio de Janeiro. The winning project was created by Brazilian architect and urban planner in collaboration with Catalan architect ’s office. The second, third and fourth projects were coordinated by Brazilian architects Roberto Aflalo, Espadon Francisco and Jorge Jauregui, respectively. The first place guarantees that the project will be executed in, at least, 40% of the area. The city administration can alson use parts of the awarded projects.

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About the winning project: “The city should never be treated as a museum”

The partnership between the brazilian architect João Pedro Backheuser (master’s degree in urban planning at Columbia University / NY) and the office of the Catalan architect Ignasi Riera has a symbolic value, since the model of the legacy that Rio de Janeiro wants to follow is that of Barcelona’s.

The project will house the media and referees villages, a convention center, a hotel and a business center. “We seek to create a new articulation of the public space, giving back to the city would be private spaces such as the convention center, which will be underground and whose rooftop will be a public terrace with gardens and lot’s of green, and will give access to the five buildings business center”, said John Peter Backheuser. A five-star, 150 meters high with 45 floors hotel will also be built. In the Praia Formosa area, near to the bus station, the media and referee villages having three, ten or twenty floors, after the Olympic Games, will be transformed into residential areas, commercial offices and services.

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“The city should never be treated as a museum. The idea is that urban renewal goal is to bring life back. More than a plan of construction works, the proposed redevelopment should be understood as a process of political reconstruction of the city, ” the architect concludes.

In July, the winning project will be presented by the 2016 organizing committee to the International Olympic Committee in Durban, South Africa.
In August, the result of the international competition that will select the General Urban Plan of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park will be released.

Architect: João Pedro Backheuser with Ignasi Riera
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Olympic Port’s Competition Winner: João Pedro Backheuser with Ignasi Riera" 05 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 31 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=148123>

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    I living in Brazil, and this kind of projects have a little problems with public administration and public money, I have doubt if it would be ready for the olympics.

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    The capital of Winter Olympic games 2014-Sochi is in the same situation. Less then 50% of olympic facilities been built.

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    i don´t understand why they make a competition, if they choose the standard architecture anyway. exept of course the winner didn´t win for his architecural, if not for social skills.

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    the winner works in the entity wich organized this competition, amongst some others speculations about irregularities…there are some architects wich participated that are sending complains to the justice and competent organizations in order to investigate

    it’s a shame for a country that is trying ascend to the “first world”

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    The winner is:
    Joao Pedro Backheuser
    Interestingly Member of the deliberative advisory committee of the IAB also involved in the writing of basis and the brief of the contest.
    He is also son of Joao Carlos Beckheuser, owner of the building company Carioca Engenharia, who won the 15 year bid for the construction of the area between the Francisco Bicalho ave, Rodrigues Alves ave, Beira Mar and Presidente Vargas avenues, coincidently the streets that conform the intervention area foreseen in the contest.
    Also his partner is Otavio Leonidio Ribeiro, member of the superior advisory committee of IAB RJ.
    So yes they helped or prepared the brief, yes they knew beforehand what to do, and also they are members of the IAB deliberative committee which might have influence in the decision making process of the jury. This is just too good to be true, or is it just a happy coincidence, or yet its just our reality?
    The IAB should present a explanatory letter as to how their decision has been made and also explain why there was such a delay in making public the results.
    For the integrity of the image of the profession in Brazil and that of the IAB itself, I suggest a public enquiry should be conducted to clarify any possible irregularities that could jeopardise the confidence of the public and professionals in the national contests conduct and organized by the IAB.

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    The winner is:
    Joao Pedro Backheuser
    Interestingly Member of the deliberative advisory committee of the IAB also involved in the writing of basis and the brief of the contest.
    He is also son of Joao Carlos Beckheuser, owner of the building company Carioca Engenharia, who won the 15 year bid for the construction of the area between the Francisco Bicalho ave, Rodrigues Alves ave, Beira Mar and Presidente Vargas avenues, coincidently the streets that conform the intervention area foreseen in the contest.
    Also his partner is Otavio Leonidio Ribeiro, member of the superior advisory committee of IAB RJ.
    So yes they helped or prepared the brief, yes they knew beforehand what to do, and also they are members of the IAB deliberative committee which might have influence in the decision making process of the jury. This is just too good to be true, or is it just a happy coincidence, or yet its just our reality?
    The IAB should present a explanatory letter as to how their decision has been made and also explain why there was such a delay in making public the results.
    For the integrity of the image of the profession in Brazil and that of the IAB itself, I suggest a public enquiry should be conducted to clarify any possible irregularities that could jeopardise the confidence of the public and professionals in the national contests conduct and organized by the IAB.

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    Am I the only one who saw a pathetic version of Jean Nouvel’s Tour Signal on the first image? Argh

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    This competition is a complete fiasco. The manipulation of the results is scandalous. I guess what the UIA is doing with their logo in the second competition currently being held in Rio, for the rest of the Olympics instalations… The first competition has been a national shame, the second one will be an international scandal!

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