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Aquatics Stadium Rio 2016

  • Aquatics Stadium Rio 2016
  • Aquatics Stadium Rio 2016
     
  • Aquatics Stadium Rio 2016
  • Aquatics Stadium Rio 2016
  • Aquatics Stadium Rio 2016

A temporary 18,000 seat arena was created for hosting the Olympics and Paralympics swimming and aquatic-polo competitions. The temporary building structures of stands and roofs, conceived for later re-utilisation, were designed by German architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partner to allow simple disassembling, transportation and later assembling operation.

Scene of the swimming competitions and water polo finals, the Olympic Aquatics Stadium has two swimming pools.

The roof is comprised of identical steel trusses that longitudinally cross the 100 m span and valley cables that accord the PVC membrane the required shape and structural stability. The façade, made out of vertically disposed steel tubes, form a harmonic arrangement with the roof, granting to the arena a high architectural and engineering standard, compatible with an Olympic venue.


Architects | gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Stuttgart, Germany 
Location | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Technical info | PVC mesh membrane
Picture credits | Dhani Borges, Rio 2016