Brazilian National Shooting Center / BCMF Arquitetos

Architects: BCMF Arquitetos / Bruno Campos (Architect in Charge), Marcelo Fontes and Silvio Todeschi
Location: Rio de Janeiro,
Project Team: Cláudio Parreiras Reis, Luciana Maciel, Lisiane Melo, Leonardo Fávero, Cristiano Monte-Mór, Ana Kawakami, Fabiana Fortes e Antônio Valadares
Program: Shooting, Equestrian, Hockey, Archery and Modern Pentathlon venues
Project management and General Coordination: Engesolo Engenharia Ltda
Structure: Helio Chumbinho (Misa Engenharia)/ Lino Nunes de Castro (Globsteel)
Sports Consultant: Aqualar (Swimming Pool), Forbex (Grass Hockey) and Eduardo Castro Mello
Lighting: Godoy Associados
Contractor: Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa (CCCC)
Budget: 40.000.000 EURO (US $53.5 millions)
Project year: 2005-2007
Constructed Area: 92,900 sqm
Photographs: Bruno Carvalho, Kaká Ramalho, Bruno Campos, Marcelo Fontes, Silvio Todeschi

The venues of the Rio2007 Pan-American Games were grouped into four great distinct regions of the city: Barra, ‘Sugar-Loaf’, Maracanã and Deodoro. This strategy was intended to spread and distribute the direct and indirect benefits of this major international event among all inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro, through the construction of new venues and infrastructure, as well as improvements of the existing ones.

The Deodoro Sports Complex was designed considering that a similar competition venue and program would be applied to a future Olympic Games (2016), including in the same cluster the Shooting, Equestrian, Archery, Hockey and Modern Pentathlon facilities, being also permanent training areas for all major national, regional and international shooting competitions.

The cluster is now a formidable world-class legacy, which has successfully triggered the renewal and further development of this important vector of the city. The project deals with the complex issues of a unique suburban context comprising of a military neighborhood, a densely populated favela, a rough industrial area and a vast wild landscape all mixed together.

The Shooting Center

The Shooting Center has approximately 30.000m2 of built area, landscaped on a 125.000m2 site along one of the most important access vectors of the city (a hybrid of avenue and motorway). Strong horizontal lines predominate in this concrete sports complex located on a roughly trapezoidal plot in a breathtaking valley surrounded by mountain peaks. The complex has indoor and outdoor facilities such as training halls and grandstands, and features parking and service areas. The nighttime periodical pattern of lighting along the peripheral wall and on the right-angled overhead structures produces an otherworldly effect of floating in the dark valley against the backdrop of a slowly setting sun.

Cite: "Brazilian National Shooting Center / BCMF Arquitetos" 13 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Lucas Gray

    The hand drawings are fantastic. Keep it up!

  • roadkill

    Could well be a render from archicad or something… there’s too many programs capable of rendering ‘hand like sketch’ style.
    The project itself looks a bit unresolved and maybe because of its scale it also looks a bit intimidating – should look a bit more like Miralles Archery Range project in Barcelona. I like the timber ‘pergola’

  • JP

    How leaflet of medicine, you can not read everything in this project.
    The distribution and location of the Pan American Games sports facilities are highly questionable.
    Events like this must mean tangible improvements for the city, an opportunity for renewal of historical and degraded areas, a system of efficient and integrated transport, cleaning and, recovery of significant aspects of the landscape Rio, as the Bay of Guanabara.
    It was so with Sydney and Barcelona.
    Who decides the location of the various equipment that make up a Pan or a Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are the real estate agents, not planners.

  • Etty

    I hate guns.(period)

  • sullka

    There’s something I don’t understand, maybe it’s becasue I know nothing about shooting.

    - WHy the huge pergolas?, is it need it to help measure distance for the shooter or something?

    - WIll it have big screens fo rthe spectators?, looking at the section and pictures, there’s no way the specators will be able to see the target (in the pergola’s range) The open field ones are different, anyone with binocs can see the targets, but the closed one is impossible, all the pergolas are in the way.

    • Gramsci

      The pergolas are to stop stray bullets flying off into the surrounding neighbourhood… they get enough of that already.

  • Claudio P. Reis

    About the hand drawings, thank you very much!
    I really draw it and its not a render from archicad or something…

  • Ulises

    the shoot area is really beautiful, is there a reason for wood constructed? The columns seem to be solid wood. Well congratulations for the building.

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  • alex

    lovely shadow projection on the last section ‘perspective02′

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  • up_today_arch

    I like this pergola anyway… It has fantastic scale…

  • Lisa

    Love it!

  • bones

    so… is it 92900 or 30000 m2 constructed/built area?