On Friday 5th August Brazil opened the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with a spectacular opening ceremony. This game signifies the 31st modern summer Olympics. No country epitomises carnival culture like Brazil with its famous samba, bossa nova, and Copacabana beach. The host city of Rio has the undeniable advantage of a pre-existing infrastructure; in addition to using venues created for the 2014 World Cup and 2007 Pan American Games, the games will also venture to other surrounding cities such as São Paulo and Manaus.
Location: Barra Region, Rio de Janeiro, opened in 2016.
Architect: Arqhos Consultoria e Projetos
Overall this venue contains 3 separate arenas with the total capacity of 36,000. It hosts events such as: Basketball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, Judo, wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, fencing and Paralympic judo.
“These interlocking arenas, modelled after the mountainous Rio landscape, form the centrepiece of the Barra Region and represent an international potpourri of sports.” Samuel Anderson, Architectural Digest.
Location: Manaus, opened in 2014
Architect: Gerkan, Marg and Partners.
This venue has a total capacity of 44,480 and hosts various football events. This unique structure was built for the 2014 World Cup in the largest city in the Amazon. The white grooved outer shell, which serves to deflect heat and divert rainfall, resembles an indigenous woven basket, while the multicoloured stadium seating evokes fruit plucked from the region. A visual monument to the Amazon, the stadium was also designed to conserve its surrounding environment by utilising natural ventilation and on-site rainwater and sewage treatment facilities.
Opened: 1984, renovated in 2012
Architect: Oscar Niemeyer
Events: Marathon running, archery
This stadium features traverse stage seating to give each spectator a proper vantage point in which the audience swells up on either side of the half-mile-long runway in slanted rows. Built as the official showcase for samba dance parades during Brazil’s world-famous carnival festival, the Sambodromo was renovated for the Games in 2012.
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