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Blue Planet

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  • Blue Planet
  • Blue Planet

The Olympic Live Site is beautifully arranged at the most prominent location of the Barra da Tijuca Olympics site. It hosted major Olympic Events for the Rio Olympics 2016: ceremonies, cultural shows, or to just provide shade and a resting place for the fans of the Games.

Designed, detailed and guided, during fabrication and erection phases, by German studio Schlaich Bergermann Partner, it was completed as a self-sustained, semi-circular PVC mesh membrane roof that certainly stands out as one of the landmarks of the Olympic Site. Triangular mesh membrane panels, featuring extreme transparency, are stabilised by catenary cables which are spread apart by the cantilevering struts.

The triangular panels are arranged along the semi-circular layout in two levels, while upper and lower triangles are always offset by half a bay, resulting in a beautiful lotus-like layout in plain view.

Architects | Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Stuttgart, Germany 
Location | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Technical info | PVC mesh membrane
Picture credits | Dhani Borges