POSTED: September 5th 2013
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Aecom revels plans for Rio 2016 Olympic Park

The main park sits on a triangular space with water on either side / Aecom
The main park sits on a triangular space with water on either side / Aecom

The Olympic Park is intended to reflect Brazil's diverse culture / Aecom
The Olympic Park is intended to reflect Brazil's diverse culture / Aecom

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) United Kingdom firm Aecom – designer of the London 2012 Olympic Park – released images of its plans for the design of Brazil’s Olympic Park for the Rio 2016 Summer Games.

Aecom, which will be the first company to design parks for two consecutive Games, was tasked with the design of the Rio Games after winning an international architectural competition.

The company cited Rio as “one of the most beautiful areas on earth” and has used the natural setting of the Brazilian city as its inspiration.

With water on each side of a triangular space, a former Formula One race track in Barra da Tijuca will be the site of the main Olympic park. Twelve thousand fans will be able to watch Olympic events on big screens in the southern portion of the park.

“While London was about demonstrating how a short global event can lead to the long term regeneration of one of the most neglected and deprived areas of the city, Rio is about celebrating Brazil’s emergence as a world power as well as making sure there is a strong legacy plan in place,” an Aecom statement read.

“The park’s design draws from the Atlantica Forrest that surrounds Rio de Janeiro.

“This context provides the conceptual inspiration and influences the architecture and landscape design as will the Brazilian culture and strong design heritage.

“The masterplan sets out to respect and reinforce the balance between native ecology, the city and its people while delivering the platform for sporting excellence.”

The Olympic Park is planned to transform into an urban network of streets and open spaces for residents to live, work and play.


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