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Rio Pan 2007- Deodoro Sports Complex

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As set out by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), the planned facilities for the Rio 2007 Pan American Games and for the 2016 Olympics were grouped into four separate clusters - Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Maracanã and Deodoro. This strategy was intended to spread the direct and indirect benefits of both Games among all the inhabitants of Rio.

‘I would like to be an architect in Rio de Janeiro. When you make a mistake, I imagine, Nature Immediately comes to your aid.’ (Álvaro Siza)
In general we have tried to emphasize the exuberant landscape of Rio de Janeiro, which can be breathtaking even in suburban areas such as Deodoro. Rio has been developing and growing irregularly around a mixture of mountains, forests, beaches, lakes and swamps, and nature still predominates over architecture in the overall configuration of the city. Therefore, instead of an excessively iconic approach towards the architecture (in Rio the cityscape itself is the dominant icon), we have focused on the integration of the new facilities within the extremely diverse conditions of the context, somehow inspired by the mythical examples from the heroic period of the 1950s and 60s. The various buildings for different purposes are all stark elements characterized by strong geometric rigor and the use of few construction elements and materials to create a formal bond between the blocks and a unity of idiom for the entire cluster, contrasting with the luxurious landscape as a backdrop.

The Deodoro Sports Complex, constructed for the Rio 2007 Pan-American Games, was designed with an awareness that a similar competition venue and program would be applied to a future Olympic Games (Rio 2016). The cluster includes the shooting, equestrian, archery, hockey and modern pentathlon facilities, and also permanent training areas for all major national, regional and international competitions. All venues already meet international standards, and will need just minor adjustments and complements for the Olympics.

The Deodoro region has the highest demographic of youth within the greater metropolitan region, and it is one of the poorest zones of the city. Until recently this area lacked the infrastructure and facilities to support the basic needs of the population, for instance. The development of facilities for the 2007 Pan American Games has encouraged the less privileged youth of this suburban region to actively participate in sport and to engage on social activities.

The cluster is already an important legacy, which has successfully triggered the renewal and further development of this important vector of the city. The project deals with the complex issues of a unique suburban context comprising a military district, a densely populated favela, a dilapidated industrial area, as well as a large expanse of native vegetation. With its new attractions and improvements for 2016, the Deodoro Sports Complex will be consolidated as a formidable world-class legacy of high-performance sports, forming a cluster with great potential for catalyzing a general revitalization of a significant area of the city.

BCMF ARQUITECTS (Bruno Campos, Marcelo Fontes e Silvio Todeschi)
Architects: BCMF Arquitetos / Bruno Campos, Marcelo Fontes and Silvio Todeschi
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Project Team: Cláudio Parreiras Reis, Luciana Maciel, Lisiane Melo, Leonardo Fávero, Cristiano Monte-Mór, Ana Kawakami, Fabiana Fortes e Antônio Valadares
Program: Shooting, Equestrian, Hockey, Archery and Modern Pentathlon venues
Project management and General Coordination: Engesolo Engenharia Ltda
Structure: Helio Chumbinho (Misa Engenharia)/ Lino Nunes de Castro (Globsteel)
MEP: ENIT (Moshe Gruberger)
Sports Consultant: Aqualar (Swimming Pool), Forbex (Grass Hockey) and Eduardo Castro Mello
Overlay: John Baker (EKS) & CO-Rio 2007 Team (Gustavo Nascimento, Ana Paula Loreto & Izabela Hasek)
Lighting: Godoy Associados
Contractor: Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa (CCCC)

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