- BCMF Arquitetos / Bruno Campos (Architect in Charge), Marcelo Fontes and Silvio Todeschi
Text description provided by the architects. 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 2016 Olympic Games, 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.