London-based studio Weston Williamson has been announced the winner of the Brasilia Athletics Stadium competition. The international competition, associated with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, called for designers to envision a 70,000 seat stadium in the nation's capital.
The roof is made up of a series of petal-like sections, each able to move independently to respond to weather and light conditions; it also serves as a method of passive cooling. The structure of the stadium itself is modeled after a bird in flight, and takes inspiration from the plan and spirit of Brasilia itself.
"The exterior form of the new athletics stadium reflects the utopian spirit of the Brasilia plan by incorporating a geometry that is ever-changing," explained the architects in a statement. "The stadium, therefore, has no fixed identity, but alters in relation to the condition of its surroundings."
The building will rest on a wooden perforated wooden plinth which allows light into the spaces below. The building's surrounding parkland, including trees and ponds, will further contribute to the passive cooling systems.
The competition challenged the designers to feel "free from constraints" and to "push the boundaries of what is possible with design." The diaphanous, fluid design by Weston Williamson promises to do just that, and to serve as a symbol for the innovation, adaptability and vitality of the Brasilian people.
Source via bdonline.co.uk