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WilkinsonEyre shows off Olympic arena

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WilkinsonEyre has released images of its arena complex for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

PROJECT DATAARCHITECT’S VIEW • PLANS • SECTIONS 

Built in conjunction with Brazilian practice Arqhos Consultoria e Projetos, the 58,000m² Arenas Cariocas is the largest venue in the Olympic Park. 

The building, which sits on the site of Rio de Janeiro’s old Formula One circuit, is formed of three arenas under one vast 400m-long roof and provides seating for 36,600 spectators. 

During the games it will host basketball, judo, wrestling, taekwondo and fencing while once the Olympics are over the arena will be transformed into a training centre for elite athletes. 

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Architect’s view 

We designed the Arenas Cariocas in Rio with functionality and adaptability in mind. Much like our final design for the Basketball Arena at the 2012 London Olympics Games, the challenge was to create a temporary building that would be both simple to erect and sustainable in terms of its legacy. This is a transitional building that can morph after the Games into a different typology with zero impact on the fabric of the built form. Aesthetically, the Arenas Cariocas differs from our other stadium designs in that we were asked to deliver three arenas in one footprint. From the outside, one can glimpse the singular form housing the three venues, operating simultaneously and yet from within, the spectator will be fully immersed in the drama of the individual sport.

Sam Wright, associate director, WilkinsonEyre 

Plans

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Games mode

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Legacy mode

Sections

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Arenas Cariocas by WilkinsonEyre

Project data 

Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Type of project sports
Client City of Rio de Janeiro
Architect WilkinsonEyre
Delivery architect Arqhos Consultoria e Projetos
Masterplanner AECOM
Area 58,000m²
Structural engineer AECOM
Main contractor Rio Mais (Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, Andrade Gutierrez and Carvalho Hosken)

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