STUDIOCRM recently participated in a global design competition, the 2016 Rio Olympics Sustainable Fanbox, which seeks to recreate the atmosphere of a stadium in a temporary structure that could be replicable all over the world where fans that miss out on the live experience could connect with the Olympic Games virtually. The design should communicate a sustainable and profound architectural statement being able to attract and converge visitors around it for an intense 24×7 experience. The design was to be implemented specifically on Rio de Janeiro’s renowned Copacabana Beach for the local fans.
Our solution focused on a circular pavilion structure that created access points from all sides allowing for flexibility with any site condition. The circular design of the stadium seating also allows fans to flock from all directions along the beach and boardwalk. By elevating the seating above the ground plane, the supporting program can fill in below and be more easily accessed at the ground level. Introducing a pair of spiraling 1:20 accessible ramps around the perimeter of the structure up to the seating allows the vertical circulation to be part of the experience, creating views over the internal program and surrounding landscape. Colored ramp forms also pay tribute to the iconic Olympic rings. Sections of the stadium seating are carved away to create more sight lines through the structure while synchronizing with the spiraling ramps & vertical structural members. Finally, a tensile canopy over the structure allows for the games’ live screenings for the FANBOX spectators below. The screening canopy also serves as a solar panel array to produce energy for the facility, as well as provides sun shading.
Winners will be announced on September 26, 2016.