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


The winning project of the Olympic Port, which aims at the revitalization and redevelopment of 850 square meters of the port city of , was announced at the headquarters of the Brazilian Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB-RJ) in . 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 . The winning project was created by Brazilian architect and urban planner in collaboration with Catalan architect Ignasi Riera’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.

Latest Developments for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition

The deadline for submitting the projects for the International Competition for the Urban General Plan of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park has been expanded. Now, the projects can be delivered until July 28, 2011 and the results will be announced on August 15, 2011.

The extension is due to the great demand from domestic and foreign offices, and the interest of having the widest and most qualified participation worldwide. With longer term, there is more time to meet all the competition requirements with quality.

The IAB-RJ site – where the competition details are published – received over 25,000 hits from 126 countries. Documents have been received from China, Slovenia, England, Holland, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and the United States as well as various Brazilian states.

More information about the competition can be found at their website.

Regeneration of the Favela de Rocinha Slum / Jan Kudlicka

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The research presented here was conducted by Jan Kudlicka, who spent the last year studying slum dwellings, known as “favelas,” in Brazil.   The breadth of the research delves into the living conditions that these urban and suburban developments create and the feasible ways in which their problems can be addressed through the regeneration of the spaces.  Jan Kudlicka studied the “little farm” of Rocinha in , which is one of the largest slums in the city.

To find out more about the research click through after the break.

Jardim Maria Helena / +K Architects

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Architects: +K Architects – Keila Costa
Co-author: Isabel Imbronito
Location: , Brazil
Project area: 3,391 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2006
Photographs: Nelson Kon

The Baró Gallery / Sub Estudio


Architects: Sub Estudio
Location: São Paulo,
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Fran Parente

São Paulo Library / Aflalo and Gasperini Architects

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Architects: Aflalo and Gasperini Architects
Location: ,
Coordinator: Flavia Marcondes
Collaborator: Paula Homsi
Interior Design: Dante Della Manna Arquitetura
Visual Identity: Univers Design
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 4,527 sqm
Photographer: Daniel Ducci

Rochaverá Corporate Towers / Aflalo and Gasperini Architects

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Architects: Aflalo and Gasperini Architects
Location: São Paulo,
Project Area: 228,104 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon and Daniel Ducci

Galeria Concreta / GCP Arquitetos

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Architects: GCP Arquitetos
Location: ,
Author: Sergio Coelho
Co-author: Adriana Oliveira
Sustainability: Alessandra Araujo
Project team: Icardo Segantini; Tais Usuda Miyake, Sílvio Diarte
Project area: 170 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Nelson Kon, Kiko Coelho

New Waterfront for Porto Alegre / b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos

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b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos shared with us their plan for a new waterfront in the city of , . The project, which includes a 2.5-km stretch of waterfront in the city’s dock area, is aimed at transforming the Cais Mauá dock area, a rundown, disused part of the city, into a business, culture and leisure centre for the 2014 World Cup. The project, to revitalize the former dock area, is expected to cost approximately E198 million. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Orchidarium Professor Ruth Cardoso / Decio Tozzi

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Architects: Decio Tozzi
Location: Villa-Lobos Park,
Collaborators: Stefani Samara,  Natalia Necco
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Ricardo Canton

Chapadão Quarry / Decio Tozzi


Architect Decio Tozzi has shared with ArchDaily his proposal for a project at Chapadão Quarry in , outside of San Paulo, Brazil. Additional images and a brief description from the architect can be seen after the break.

Campinas School / bvy arquitetos

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Architects: bvy arquitetos - Cássia Buitoni, Mariana Viégas + Luciana Yamamura
Location: Sao Paulo,
Project team: Suzana Barboza, Vanessa Friso, Phaënna de Athayde, André Villasboas, Leonardo Chen Chen Che
Structural engineering: Zamarion, Millen Consultores
Hydraulics and electrics: Sandretec Consultoria
Foundation consultants: Zaclis, Falconi, Engenheiros Associados
Precast concret: Spitaletti S.A.
Contractor: FDE – Fundação para o Desenvolvimento da Educação/ Governo do Estado de São Paulo [Foundation for the Development of Education – São Paulo State Government]
Project area: 9,580 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2008
Photographs: Bebete Viégas

Resort at Lago do Manso / ABA

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The design of a resort in Lago do Manso, by ABA, arises within the role of private investments for the 2014 World Cup in the region of Mato Grosso. The need for the creation of hotels with quality and dimension to host this event, as well as the potential that the Lago do Manso and the Pantanal region have in terms of tourism, spurred the creation of this venture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Para-Olympic games, together with other large events scheduled for upcoming years, such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2011 Military Games, generate enormous opportunities for the development of . The Rio 2016 Olympic and Para- represent a celebration of sports and will be a source of transformation for the city, promoting an environmental, architectural, cultural and sustainable economy legacy, benefiting the urban environment and the quality of life of citizens.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Park is located in one of the four Olympic centers scheduled for development of the 2016 Games, and concentrates the greatest number of sporting equipment and installations. It is a fundamental space for the development of the Olympic Games and for the vitality of Rio de Janeiro. During the Games, this center will concentrate the main sporting events and offer large meeting spaces for the public, sponsors and athletes. Built in Barra da Tijuca, the Olympic Park will be centrally located in relation to the other sporting arenas in Deodoro, Maracanã and Copacabana. It will also be the largest new development built exclusively for the Games.

The International Competition aims to reach a wide range of professionals and seeks creative solutions that unite quality, functionality, and sustainability, which should be joined by use, social, cultural and environmental values. The Competition should favor wide-ranging contributions and establish an integrated approach that ensures that the Project’s requirements are incorporated into the planning, development, and delivery of the Olympic Park installations, from concept to construction of all of its elements. It is expected that the Competition result in a high-quality Olympic Park not only for the sporting events, but also for the region and for the city, as expressions of contemporary culture.

For more information, and to download all the necessary documents, please refer to the competition’s official website.

Alphaville Piracicaba / Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos

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Architects: Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos (FGMF Arquitetos)
Location: Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil
Authors: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Collaborators: Marília Caetano, Ana Paula Barbosa, Dante Furlan, Mônica Harumi, Bruno Milan, Flávio Faggion
Structural Engineering: Delta Mais Engenharia
Hydraulics and Electrics: Esotécnica Engenharia
Lighting: Marcos Castilha
Landscaping: MHC Paisagismo
Construction: Alphaville S.A.
Elements: Marcenaria Rutra
Local area: 15,820 sqm
Constructed area: 930 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fran Parente

Museum of Steel / FGMF Arquitetos


Architects: FGMF Arquitetos – Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz

Location: , Brazil

Renders and drawings: Courtesy of Fernando Forte

Tallest LEGO Tower

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will be the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics which will be held in 2016, but first the country set their sites on building the world’s tallest LEGO tower, a record previously held by Chile.  The community of constructed their 500,000 piece LEGO tower last weekend which rose to a height of 102 feet-three inches.  School groups, families both kids and adults, joined in the team effort assembling the independent LEGO bricks that were stacked on top of each other eventually using a crane.

Lake House / David Guerra

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Architects: David Guerra Architecture and Interior
Location: ,
Project area: 340 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Jomar Bragança