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AND Architects unwraps Rio handball arena

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London-based AND Architects has completed the handball arena for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


The practice has collaborated with Rio-based Lopes, Santos & Ferreira Gomes on the 12,000 seat temporary venue. 

When the games end the 25,000m² building will be dismantled and its roof, rainscreen cladding and main structural steel elements reused to build four new state schools as part of a £48 million legacy project. 

Rio handball arena by AND Architects

Rio handball arena by AND Architects

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A first for the Olympics, the venue will make use of an innovative technique called “nomadic architecture”, thus ensuring that even a temporary structure can leave a lasting legacy. Two thousand Brazilian school children will benefit from this initiative for many years to come. The arena will be dismantled and the components transported to four separate locations to be rebuilt into state schools. 

Rio handball arena by AND Architects

Rio handball arena by AND Architects

Project data

Location Rio Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Barra da Tijuca
Type of project sports hall 
Client Rio 2016
Architects Lopes, Santos & Ferreira Gomes in collaboration with And Architects 
Structural engineer Metálica - Alpha Engenharia - Eng. Flavio Dalambert / Fundações e Concreto - SF Engenharia - Eng. Antonio Monteiro
M&E consultant DW Engenharia - Eng. Danilo Werneck / Eletrical - MBM Engenharia - Eng. Claudio Muylaert
Quantity surveyor Arq. José Raymundo F. Gomes 
Lighting consultant L D Peter Gasper
Main contractor Dimensional Engenharia
Appointment October 2012
Project commencement February 2013
Start on site date April 2014
Completion date November 2015
Contract duration 19 months
Gross internal floor area  25,000m² 
Total cost £48 million 

Rio handball arena by AND Architects

Rio handball arena by AND Architects


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