Rio 2016 – Vigliecca & Associados designed the Deodoro Olympic Park, a 2 mln square metres area hosting 11 Olympic and Paralympic competitions including canoe slalom, BMX and mountain bike cycling, women basketball and wheelchair fencing. “Differently than what we have seen so far in terms of post-olympic legacies, Deodoro’s legacy goes beyond the sporting sphere. It is focused mainly on generating recreational areas for the population” say at Vigliecca & Associados to ArchiPanic.
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The studio has masterplanned and landscaped the park in three main areas named A, B and C. The Northern section (A) hosts radical sports such as Canoe Slalom, BMX and Mountain Bike and it is implemented also by the X-Park, the second largest public park in Rio de Janeiro.
Located by one of the most underprivileged areas in the city, the X-Park hosts a skate park, picnic facilities, multipurpose rooms and elevated walking and running tracks. “It offers the opportunity of an important shift for the population as well as a consolidation of one of the most symbolic legacies for Rio de Janeiro” say at Vigliecca & Associados.
The Canoe Slalom Stadium is considered the most complex structure built for RIO 2016 and is the first artificial whitewater course in Brazil. The studio managed to create strong rapids taking advantage of the site difficult topography. The project is designed to be very economic to operate especially once in legacy mode.
The Olympic BMX Centre features 350 m and 400 m-long circuits with tracks made of clay and an extremely thin asphalt in the corners. Ripples were placed at intervals of 10 meters to give route options to athlete such as the option to jump every 10 meters at a higher speed or to stay at ground level at a lower speed. The project was designed after studying prevailing winds that can interfere with athletes’ performances.
Zone B comprises the Youth Arena, a shooting and an aquatic centre, the Deodoro Stadium and the Olympic Field Hockey Centre. The Youth Arena is mostly made of steel and light panels that allow it to host different competitions at the same time and be quickly adapted for other events.
During the games it will stage the Women’s Basketball competitions, Modern Pentathlon Fencing and Wheel-chair Fencing. Once a legacy, it will be used as an education and training center for athletes. Thanks to adjustable shading devices, screens, openings and a careful study of shades, the Youth Arena will operate after the Games with only natural ventilation and illumination.
In the central zone (B), Vigliecca & Associados remodeled the National Shooting Centre originally built by BMCF, and the Deodoro Aquatics Centre, both heritage of 2007 Panamerican Games. The Olympic Field Hockey Centre comprises two arenas, a warm-up field and a building with changing rooms, a medical center and an administrative office.
The C Zone includes the Olympic Equestrian Centre, formed by the Cross Country Circuit, the Central Arena and the Groomers Village, a veterinary clinic, blacksmith, stables, a training track, the Coliseum, a hot Walker and an organic waste shelter.
Most of these facilities consisted in adapting the existing ones built for the 2007 Pan American Games. The more complex interventions were done to the Cross Country Circuit, building additional stable and a new Veterinary Clinic Headquarters according to Olympic standards.
Zona B, Olympic Deodoro Stadium – ©Gabriel Heusi.