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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.

Olympic Golf Clubhouse / RUA Arquitetos

09:00 - 7 June, 2016
Olympic Golf Clubhouse /  RUA Arquitetos, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Pedro Évora, Pedro Rivera
  • Area

    6400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Olympic Youth Arena / Vigliecca & Associados

09:00 - 12 May, 2016
Olympic Youth Arena / Vigliecca & Associados, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Ministério do Esporte © Leonardo Finotti +22

RB12 / Triptyque

09:00 - 8 May, 2016
RB12 / Triptyque, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brasil
  • Partners

    Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud, Olivier Raffaelli
  • General Manager

    Luiz Trindade
  • Project Manager

    Marcea Sampaio, Paula Megiolaro, Vinicius Capella
  • Area

    4728.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

A Stretch of Rio de Janeiro's Tim Maia Bike Path Collapses

13:30 - 21 April, 2016
A Stretch of Rio de Janeiro's Tim Maia Bike Path Collapses, Image via Reprodução / Globo News
Image via Reprodução / Globo News

A 50-meter stretch of Rio de Janeiro's Tim Maia bike path, which was built in preparation of the 2016 Olympic Games to connect neighborhoods Leblon and São Conrado, collapsed this morning. Adjacent to the Avenue Oscar Niemeyer, in the south of the city, the bike path was inaugurated on January 17 this year. According to the fire department, the deadly accident was caused by the surf of the sea. 

According to passersby, the bike lane was hit by a strong wave that, in addition to collapsing the site, broke the windshield of a bus and dragged a woman on the boardwalk. The location is near the exit of the sewer pipe.

Museum of Tomorrow / Santiago Calatrava

09:00 - 14 April, 2016
Museum of Tomorrow / Santiago Calatrava, © Gustavo Xavier
© Gustavo Xavier

© Gustavo Xavier © Gustavo Xavier © Amanda Marton Ramaciotti © Gustavo Xavier +15

Henning Larsen Designs Sail-Inspired Denmark Pavilion for the 2016 Summer Olympics

14:00 - 3 April, 2016
Henning Larsen Designs Sail-Inspired Denmark Pavilion for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Exterior Rendered Perspective. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen
Exterior Rendered Perspective. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen has been selected to design a pavilion for Denmark for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Opening on Ipanema Beach from August 4-21, 2016, the pavilion – named “The Heart of Denmark” – will feature a tent structure that utilizes building techniques appropriated from sailboat construction. Inspired by Denmark’s maritime history, Danish architecture, the landscape of Rio de Janeiro and the buildings of Oscar Niemeyer, the pavilion will marry aesthetic iconography of both Denmark and Brazil.

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Speaks to Those Who Are "Fighting the Establishment"

08:00 - 17 January, 2016

In the latest episode of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team tackle the 'establishment'. From small businesses to citizen collectives, the show discovers how "championing transformative change from the ground up can be the best way to alter the status quo in our cities." Investigating how the Ministry of Space is reclaiming public spaces in Belgrade, how ordinary citizens in Vienna are welcoming refugees, and how a collective in Rio de Janeiro wants to reshape the politics of the city, the episode also explores how small businesses in London’s West End are fighting against increasing rent.

Zaha Hadid Prepares to Break Ground on First Project in Brazil

12:00 - 6 January, 2016
Zaha Hadid Prepares to Break Ground on First Project in Brazil, © ZHA
© ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects has released more information on their first Brazilian project - a luxury residential building known as Casa Atlântica. Planned for a site on Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Atlântica at Copacabana Beach, the 11-story building features a spine-like facade with expansive balconies and a roof top pool. 

"The natural forms of Rio’s morros and beaches generate an elastic, malleable quality within the city’s urban fabric, while the dynamism of Copacabana - with its energy and rhythm - is one of the city’s most important public spaces," says ZHA.

"Casa Atlântica’s design continues the liberating composition and spatial flow inherent within Brazil’s rich Modernist tradition, engaging with the unique tempo and vitality of Copacabana’s urban beach culture, as well as the fluidity of its renowned Burle Marx promenade."

AD Interviews: Santiago Calatrava on the Museum of Tomorrow

16:00 - 24 December, 2015

Last week marked the opening of Santiago Calatrava's Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. Prior to the its opening, ArchDaily sat down with Calatrava to learn more about the museum's design and how the project's fruition resulted in the removal of an elevated highway that once isolated the city from the harbor. 

Washington Fajardo to Curate Brazilian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

14:20 - 22 December, 2015
Washington Fajardo to Curate Brazilian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, Washington Fajardo. Image © Pool Communications
Washington Fajardo. Image © Pool Communications

Rio de Janeiro architect and urban planner Washington Fajardo has been named by the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation as curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2016. Fajardo is president of the Rio World Heritage Institute (Instituto Rio Patrimônio da Humanidade) and the Municipal Council of Cultural Heritage Protection (Conselho Municipal de Proteção do Patrimônio), as well as special advisor to Mayor Eduardo Paes on urban planning issues.

Santiago Calatrava's Museum of Tomorrow Opens in Rio de Janeiro

12:15 - 17 December, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's Museum of Tomorrow Opens in Rio de Janeiro, © Bernard Lessa
© Bernard Lessa

Santiago Calatrava is celebrating the opening of the Museu do Amanhã (The Museum of Tomorrow) this week in Rio de Janeiro. The highly anticipated museum, built on the Pier Mauá, features a distinct cantilevering roof that stretches 75-meters over the museum's 7,600-square-meter plaza and 45-meters towards the sea.

"The city of Rio de Janeiro is setting an example to the world of how to recover quality urban spaces through drastic intervention and the creation of cultural facilities such as the Museum of Tomorrow and the new Museum of Art,” said Santiago Calatrava. "This vision led us, in our first designs, to propose the addition of a plaza outside the Museum. The plaza creates a more cohesive urban space and reflects the neighborhood’s greater transformation.”

Monocle 24 Report from the CityLab Summit

04:00 - 30 October, 2015
Monocle 24 Report from the CityLab Summit, River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24
River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team report from the two-day CityLab summit, which "gathered the world’s top mayors and urban leaders for a series of chats on how to to make our cities a better place." They explore the vision for London’s transport infrastructure, discover how Rio de Janeiro is gearing up its digital strategy ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, and find out how to create a smart city through data. On top of that, they chat to millennials in Washington and "sit down for a very honest chat with the mayor of Athens."

Gurumê / Bernardes Arquitetura

11:00 - 26 October, 2015
Gurumê  / Bernardes Arquitetura, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +9

The Power of Photography: How Images Continue to Shape the Built Environment

09:30 - 12 October, 2015
The Power of Photography: How Images Continue to Shape the Built Environment, © Iwan Baan for New York Magazine
© Iwan Baan for New York Magazine

In a culture dominated by smartphones and Instagram, with estimates that over one trillion photographs will be taken this year alone, it might seem impossible for photographs to make and shape issues in the ways they once did. Despite this, images still steer debates with shocking resiliency and, with luck, become iconic in their own right. As architecture is synonymous with placemaking and cultural memory, it is only logical that images of the built environment can have lasting effects on the issues of architecture and urbanism. It's never been easier for photographs to gain exposure than they can today, and with social media and civilian journalism, debates have never started more quickly.

Monocle 24 Explore Architectural Competitions and 'Failed Bids'

04:00 - 7 August, 2015

For this week's edition of The Urbanist, Monocle's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team discuss urbanism projects that were planned and never realised, what 'paper architecture' really is, and the importance of the architectural competition.

In The Urbanist, Andrew Tuck explores how a terrace of old town houses in central London (152-158 The Strand, near Somerset House) have been recently saved from demolition by the efforts of campaigning journalists and a sympathetic public. In Brazil, the yet to be seen high-speed train link between Rio di Janeiro and São Paulo meets scrutiny while in Toronto, five unsuccessful architectural bids are examined. Finally, ArchDaily Editor James Taylor-Foster visits their London studio to talk about the architectural competition, from Brunelleschi to Guggenheim and Den Bosch.