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Lol. You guys are discussing if the olympics will be a success or a failure? We have to wait the handover to Tokyo to start to compare Rio with other olympics. The only thing I can say for sure now is

It's easy to see this has come from the same firm that designed London's Park. Huge central concourse uising the tarmac as a kind of visual motif with the blacks and browns, venues of the edge of this (I can see buildings that look like London's velodrome, Handball arena and basketball centre here!), and back of house services and temporary overlay around the perimeter.

I wonder how close these renders will look to what is built. Are these venue designs now final?

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London changed a few things after it won its bid (notably moving a couple of venues away from the Olympic Park), but it never promised during the bid to ship arenas to future host cities as far as I can remember. That option only because available AFTER Rio was elected in 2009/10, and as I understand it there were serious discussions between Rio and Barr Construction (who own the arena) about it going to Rio. In the end that didn't work out. It'll more likely end up in the UK and I've heard a few options mooted. No reason yet to believe a use won't be found.

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venues look like storage tanks.

It looks as if the exteriors will have a "bling" decoration, which should mitigate that.

I'm hoping a similar principle applies to the gantries along the main avenue, which in the render look rather like electric railway cable supports (but 25 metres high by my reckoning- that'll take some serious banners).

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Rio De Janeiro City Hall inaugurates observation tower on the 1000 Days Milestone


Rio de Janeiro, 8 November 2013 – As part of the celebrations to mark 1,000 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, a milestone which will be reached this Saturday (November 9th), the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government inaugurated today an observation tower at the Olympic Park. Standing nine metres high, visitors had a privileged view of some of the most important venues that will be used for the sporting mega-event. The first people to visit the tower – and who were received by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and the President of the Municipal Olympic Company (EOM), Maria Silvia Bastos Marques – are the governor Sergio Cabral; the executive secretary of the Sports Ministry, Luis Fernandes; the president of the Olympic Public Authority, the Army general Fernando Azevedo e Silva; the president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman; and members of the City Council, a body which is made up of citizens from different sectors of Rio’s society who contribute to the development of the city.

During this first visit, the group were able to observe important advances in the works, like the first phase of construction of the Tennis Centre, which started at the end of October. More advanced and already in the foundation construction phase are the works on the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the three sports halls that, after the Games, will form part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC). In the first half of 2014 the remaining three sport venues in the Olympic Park will start to be erected: the Velodrome, the Aquatic Centre and the Handball Arena.

In the construction of the Olympic Park observation tower, the Rio Mais concessionaire recycled part of the grandstand from the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack, which was at the same site. In the future, the tower will form part of a guided tour aimed at students, Brazilian and foreign visitors, public authorities and Rio’s inhabitants in general.

The earthworks of 1.18 million square metres started on 6 July 2012, with the removal of elements of the old Jacarepaguá Racetrack, such as grandstands, asphalt surfaces and additional structures (guard-rails, tyres, internal concrete walls and fences). The infrastructure works – drainage, water, sewage, fire-safety and electricity networks – are on schedule, and the earthworks are in the final phases. The venues constructed for the 2007 Pan-American Games – the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park and the Rio Arena – will undergo some adjustments and be used in the Olympic Games.

For more information, contact Mariza Louven at mlouven@empresaolimpica.rio.rj.gov.br.



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Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic venue to be transformed into four schools after Games Using ‘nomadic architecture’ for the first time in Olympic history, the handball and goalball arena will leave a legacy for the city’s young people


Games time: Olympic Hall 4 will host the handball and goalball events (Photo: EOM)

During the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it will host the stars of handball and goalball and be packed with screaming fans. When the Games are over, it will be full of children studying. Thanks to an innovative technique called ‘nomadic architecture’, Olympic Hall 4 will leave a lasting legacy to Rio de Janeiro, in the shape of four public schools.

The venue was originally planned, when Rio was preparing its Olympic bid, as a permanent structure. After the Games, it was to form part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) – Rio 2016’s main sporting legacy – along with Olympic Halls 1,2 and 3. However, further analysis revealed that three halls met the OTC demand, so in order to avoid constructing a venue that would not be fully utilised after the Games, a creative solution was found.

From the beginning of its design, the 12,000-seat arena in the Barra Olympic Park has been developed with a view to its legacy. When the sports mega-event is over, Olympic Hall 4 will be dismantled and its components will be reused in the construction of four schools, each with a 500-student capacity.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman said: “Converting the Rio 2016 handball arena into four schools after the Games is an excellent example of Rio’s commitment to ensuring the 2016 Games leave tangible benefits for the local community. The nomadic architecture concept defined by our government partners is a first for the Games and we are proud that 2,000 Brazilian schoolchildren will benefit from it for many years to come.”


Post-Games: the venue’s components will be used to build four schools (EOM)

Today (14 November 2013), Rio’s city government launched the official ‘request for proposals’ (RFP), inviting companies to bid for the project. The winning bidder will be responsible for the construction, operation and dismantling of the venue and the assembling of the schools in 2017. Three of the new schools will be in the Barra area, close to the Olympic Park. The fourth will be in the São Cristóvão neighbourhood, close to the Maracanã Stadium.

Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, President of the Municipal Olympic Company (EOM), which manages the city government’s Olympic projects, also praised the sustainable solution.

“With the aim of not leaving permanent buildings underused after the Games, City Hall and the Sports Ministry decided that the handball arena would be a temporary venue,” she said. “This is the first time that this concept of nomadic architecture will be used in the Olympics, ensuring that even a temporary venue can provide a tangible legacy for the city.”

Construction works on Olympic Hall 4 are scheduled to start in the first half of 2014, and should be completed in the second half of 2015.

Rio 2016

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Check out images of the future Barra Olympic Park


Competition centre will include nine venues and will be one of the Games’ leading sports legacies to the city


The new velodrome will have a curved roof and a conceptual project that is considered to be one of the boldest among all venues (Photo: EOM/AECOM)

Barra Olympic Park will be the main Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition centre – as well as their largest sporting legacy. With an area of 1.18 million square metres, the Olympic Park will include nine sports venues. Two were built for the Rio 2007 Pan American Games: Rio Olympic Arena and Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre.

The other seven are: the Olympic Tennis Centre, Olympic Aquatics Stadium and Rio Olympic Velodrome, plus Olympic Hall 1 (which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby), Olympic Hall 2 (Olympic and Paralympic judo, plus wrestling and boccia), Olympic Hall 3 (taekwondo, fencing and sitting volleyball) and Olympic Hall 4 (handball and goalball). Work on Olympic Halls 1, 2 and 3, plus the Tennis Centre, has already started, with construction of the remaining venues scheduled to start next year.



Aquatics events in the 18,000 seat Rio 2016 Olympic Aquatics Stadium will include swimming and Paralympic swimming (Photo: EOM/AECOM)


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Olympic Hall 4 of the Barra Olympic Park will host Handball and Goalball competitions and will accommodate 12,000 fans during the Rio 2016 Games (Photo: EOM/AECOM


Rio 2016 Handball and Goalball events will take place in Olympic Hall 4 of the Barra Olympic Park, which can receive 12,000 people (Photo: EOM/AECOM)


The Rio Olympic Park will have four Olympic Halls, which will receive seven Olympic and six Paralympic sports (Photo: EOM/AECOM)


The Olympic Halls 1, 2 and 3 of the Rio 2016 Games will be used as a Training Centre for Brazilian athletes at the end of the event (Photo: EOM/AECOM)


The main arena of the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Centre and sevem additional courts will be a legacy for Brazilian sport after the Games (Photo: EOM/AECOM)


Stage of Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis and Football 5-a-side, the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Centre will have 10,000 seats in the main arena and 8,000 seats in two temporary courts (Photo: EOM/AECOM)

Rio 2016

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I'm pretty much relaxed... All will be built woth pre modelled structure, it's a kind of Lego assembling... After witnessed a 7 floor building be built in less than 1 year in Sao Paulo and an entire monorail line tl be delivered in less than 2 years, I believe in everything...

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Except that they are not to build an 80k seater stadium and a friggin Hadid venue in Rio. Remove those two from that image and yet Rio doesn't look too far behind.

Except they have a lot if work to do on upgrading the athletic stadium for the games, which doesn't seem very far along.

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