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All The Architecture To See in Rio de Janeiro During the 2016 Olympics

09:30 - 5 August, 2016
All The Architecture To See in Rio de Janeiro During the 2016 Olympics, Image created using original image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/over_kind_man/3184875811/'>Flickr user over_kind_man</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
Image created using original image © Flickr user over_kind_man licensed under CC BY 2.0

Rio de Janeiro is a city of sights and sounds. As diverse as its people is the collection of impressive architecture found in Brazil’s second most populous city—from Eurocentric historical architecture to 20th century regionalist modern marvels, not to mention the city’s growing crop of contemporary cultural venues. The combination of mountainous terrain, lush rainforest, and the ocean inspires many to create lively and unique architecture.

In preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the city has enlisted a crop of internationally renowned architects including Santiago Calatrava, whose work joins Rio's existing masterpieces from architects such as Oscar Niemeyer. But apart from its "Capital A" Architecture, the city of Rio is home to thousands of residents living in the now-famous favelas—interesting subjects of inquiry for those interested in the concept of spontaneous urban growth. There’s a building for just about every architecture fan visiting Rio this year or anytime in the future.

Santa Marta. ImageImage © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/armandolobos/5920954662/'>Flickr user alobos Life</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a> Cidade das Artes. Image © Nelson Kon Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian. ImageImage © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincentraal/9136698555/in/photolist-eVo64M-eVo3gR-eVnYar'>Flickr user vincentraal</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Museum of Tomorrow. Image © Bernard Lessa Rio Municipal Theater. ImageImage © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/gameoflight/13084341645/in/photolist-kWfhuy-kWdM16-kWdEVk-kWfo5b'>Flickr user gameoflight</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-SA 2.0</a> Niterói Contemporary Art Museum. ImageImage © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/gameoflight/13034234305'>Flickr user gameoflight</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-SA 2.0</a> Maracanã Stadium. Image © Schlaich Bergermann und partner Parque Lage. ImageImage © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/93906643@N08/8552874061/in/dateposted/'>Flickr user Jonas Santin</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/>CC BY-NC 2.0</a> Museu de Arte Moderna. ImageImage © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MAM_-_Museu_de_Arte_Moderna_do_Rio_de_Janeiro_02.jpg'>Wikimedia user Halley Pacheco de Oliveira</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> +20

Deodoro Olympic Park Rio 2016 / Vigliecca & Associados

17:00 - 4 August, 2016
Deodoro Olympic Park Rio 2016 / Vigliecca & Associados, Courtesy of Divulgação Ministério do Esporte
Courtesy of Divulgação Ministério do Esporte

Courtesy of Divulgação Ministério do Esporte Courtesy of Divulgação Ministério do Esporte Courtesy of Divulgação Ministério do Esporte Courtesy of Divulgação Ministério do Esporte +8

Leblon Offices / Richard Meier & Partners

11:00 - 4 August, 2016
Leblon Offices  / Richard Meier & Partners, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design principals

    Richard Meier, Bernhard Karpf
  • Project Architects

    Parsa Khalili, Anne Strüwing
  • Associate Architects

    RAF Arquitetura
  • Area

    7030.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Roland Halbe , Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

House ER / Estúdio MRGB

05:00 - 4 August, 2016
House ER / Estúdio MRGB, © Estúdio MRGB
© Estúdio MRGB

© Estúdio MRGB © Estúdio MRGB © Estúdio MRGB © Estúdio MRGB +29

Adaptation of Olympic Shooting Center Rio 2016 / Vigliecca & Associados

15:00 - 3 August, 2016
Adaptation of Olympic Shooting Center Rio 2016  / Vigliecca & Associados , © Gabriel Heusi
© Gabriel Heusi

© Gabriel Heusi © Miriam Jeske © Gabriel Heusi © Gabriel Heusi +15

Roberto Burle Marx: A Master of Much More than Just Modernist Landscape

10:20 - 3 August, 2016
Roberto Burle Marx: A Master of Much More than Just Modernist Landscape, © Cesar Barreto (left); Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda., Rio de Janeiro. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved (right)
© Cesar Barreto (left); Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda., Rio de Janeiro. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved (right)

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Green Thumb."

At any given moment when walking through Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist at the Jewish Museum in New York, one may hear a soft rushing of waves, mixed with the murmur of an open-air crowd. A narration in Portuguese, both spoken and sung, will drift breezily in and out. This is the soundscape of Plages, a 2001 video by artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Shot from an aerial perspective above Copacabana Beach, the film shows the popular Rio de Janeiro waterfront not in its usual sunlit splendor but in the artificially lit nocturne of New Year’s Eve 2000. Celebrators teem in the space between city and ocean, in the moment between one year and the next, moving in dynamic patterns amid the immense designs laid out by Roberto Burle Marx.

Burle Marx’s design for a rooftop garden at the Ministry of Education and Health (1938). Image © Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda., Rio de Janeiro. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved An untitled work in collage, made in 1967, illustrates Burle Marx’s diverse artistic pursuits. Image Courtesy of Sítio Roberto Burle Marx, Rio de Janeiro A cover design for a 1953 issue of Rio magazine. Burle Marx experimented with new forms in different formats, including works of sculpture, which he often integrated into his landscape designs. Image Courtesy of Sítio Roberto Burle Marx, Rio de Janeiro A model of a sculptural landmark for the unrealized Praça Sérgio Pacheco, City Hall, Uberlândia project (1974). Image © Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda., Rio de Janeiro. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved +11

Olympic Radical Park Rio 2016 / Vigliecca & Associados

15:00 - 2 August, 2016
Olympic Radical Park Rio 2016 / Vigliecca & Associados, © Gabriel Heusi
© Gabriel Heusi

© J. P. Engelbrecht © Renato Sette Camara + Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro © Renato Sette Camara + Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro © Andre Motta +62

Richard Meier & Partners Complete Office Building in Rio de Janeiro

07:15 - 2 August, 2016
Richard Meier & Partners Complete Office Building in Rio de Janeiro, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has completed their first project in South America, a 7-story, sustainable office building in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Leblon. The building will feature concrete, glass and vertical gardens, and will serve as the new international headquarters for top Brazilian investment firm VINCI Partners. The structure consists of open office spaces looking out onto several private interior courtyards and a series of terraces that create a connection with the main urban thoroughfare of Bartolomeu Mitre Avenue.

Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners +10

More Struggles Ahead of Rio Olympics as Ramp Collapses at Sailing Venue

11:50 - 1 August, 2016
More Struggles Ahead of Rio Olympics as Ramp Collapses at Sailing Venue, via Courier Mail
via Courier Mail

With the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fast approaching, the city’s preparations have hit another setback. The main ramp at Marina da Gloria, which will serve as the Olympic sailing venue over the next few weeks, has partially collapsed. The structure was intended for temporary use as the main access point for boats to enter the water. No one was injured in the incident.

Mandíbula / Sub Estúdio

19:00 - 29 July, 2016
Mandíbula / Sub Estúdio, © Tomás Cytrynowicz
© Tomás Cytrynowicz

© Tomás Cytrynowicz © Tomás Cytrynowicz © Tomás Cytrynowicz © Tomás Cytrynowicz +31

House of Owls / Alexandra Demenighi + Rodrigo Vargas Souza

15:00 - 25 July, 2016
House of Owls  / Alexandra Demenighi + Rodrigo Vargas Souza, © Mauro Goulart Fotografia
© Mauro Goulart Fotografia

© Mauro Goulart Fotografia © Mauro Goulart Fotografia © Mauro Goulart Fotografia © Mauro Goulart Fotografia +43

House 4.16.3 / Luciano Lerner Basso

11:00 - 20 July, 2016
House 4.16.3  / Luciano Lerner Basso, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +23

Airport Pavilion / Spadoni AA

11:00 - 17 July, 2016
Airport Pavilion / Spadoni AA, © Tiago De Oliveira Andrade
© Tiago De Oliveira Andrade

© Tiago De Oliveira Andrade © Tiago De Oliveira Andrade © Tiago De Oliveira Andrade © Tiago De Oliveira Andrade +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Francisco Spadoni, Tiago De Oliveira Andrade
  • Design Team

    Jaime Vega, Natália Turri Lorenzo, Sabrina Chibani, Paulo Catto Gomes
  • Area

    3982.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Catuçaba Farm / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis

09:00 - 14 July, 2016
Catuçaba Farm / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +49

FMG Monte Alegre / Urbem Arquitetura

15:00 - 13 July, 2016
FMG Monte Alegre / Urbem Arquitetura, © Favaro Jr.
© Favaro Jr.

© Favaro Jr. © Favaro Jr. © Favaro Jr. © Favaro Jr. +47

Live Biz / Studio R

09:00 - 9 July, 2016
Live Biz / Studio R, © Pedro Napolitano Prata
© Pedro Napolitano Prata

© Pedro Napolitano Prata © Pedro Napolitano Prata © Pedro Napolitano Prata © Pedro Napolitano Prata +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Team

    Flavia Ranieri, Fernanda Rosa
  • Area

    60.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Jungle House / Studiomk27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo

09:00 - 7 July, 2016
Jungle  House  / Studiomk27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +62

Mipibu House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

09:00 - 6 July, 2016
Mipibu House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lapa, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Authors

    Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Fernanda Sakano
  • Structure

    Megalos Engenharia
  • Landscape

    Gabriella Ornaghi Arquitetura da Paisagem
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs