Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan / LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura


Architect: LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura
Size:  1000 000 square meters
Status: Competition Entry

In keeping with the Olympic spirit, today we share a competition master plan entry for Rio by Colombia-based architect Luis Callejas, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e República Arquitetos.  Although Callejas has been practicing professional for four short years, he has already made quite an impression on the architecture world.  In that time, Callejas has designed and realized two of the most relevant recent projects in Latin America for public sports infrastructure: The aquatic center for the South American Games of 2010, and the complete renovation of the main soccer stadium in Bogota, Colombia.  For his scheme for Rio’s Olympic Park master plan,    the park functions sectionally as the sporting functions – both the main areas and the support spaces – are organized in a stacked manner rather than pulled apart in plan.  This allows for a fluid and open space for audiences, and creates “No icons but one big vital scenario halfway between a small city and a big park.”

More about the competition entry after the break. 

© Luis Callejas

One component of the master plan incorporates Rio’s old F1 Racing track which will be recycled to function as the main pedestrian path through the park.

The accommodations for the athletes are intended to serve as a model for future urbanization, as they utilize the privileged plots of the site with the hope of being maintained after the Games.  The other permanent facilities, such as the welcome center, medical facilities and sponsors’ village, are located under the public roof.


For the temporary program, the hockey areas and the tennis court will be transformed into a Sports museum annex/medicial facilities annex, and a sports shopping center, respectively.

Program diagram © Luis Callejas

The proposal includes a vastly landscaped area which will serve to recolonize other parts of the lagoon with more than 10000 new native trees.  The trees in the grid will be permanent to provide constant greenery for Rio.


Complete Team Members:

Partner in charge: Luis Callejas (LCLA office) + Edgar Mazo, Sebastian Mejia

Sao Paulo:
Partners in charge:
Grupo SP (Alvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, João Yamamoto, André Nunes) + Luciano Margotto (Republica Arquitetura) +
Cristiane Muniz, Fabio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Felippe Viégas (Una Arquitetos)

Giovanni Meirelles, Gustavo Delonero
Ana Paula de Castro, Bruno Gondo, Carolina Klocker, Eduardo Martorelli, Henrique te Winkel, Igor Cortinove
Mellisa Naranjo, Dasha Lebedeva, Victor Marechal,  Sebastian Vela, Martin Baena, Juan Esteban Giraldo, Maria Jose Arango,  Manuela Bonilla

Cite: "Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan / LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura" 31 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • EAB

    You probably meant ‘Colombia-based’…wompwomp

  • Gafa

    The architect is COLOMBIA based, not COLUMBIA based.