João Pedro Backheuser and Ignasi Riera win Rio's Olympic Port project
Runners up include Roberto Aflalo, Espadon Francisco and Jorge Jauregui
A proposal by Brazilian architect and urban planner João Pedro Backheuser has won a competition to revitalise 850sq m of Rio de Janeiro’s waterfront ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
The results for the Olympic Port competition were announced at the headquarters of the Brazilian Institute of Architects in Rio.
The project includes the construction of facilities such as the media and referees’ villages, a five-star hotel, convention centre and business centre that will become part of the post-Games legacy.
Backheuser’s project, created with the office of Catalan architect Ignasi Riera, will be implemented in at least 40% of the competition area. Under the terms of the competition, the city government can also use parts of the schemes which were runners-up.
These include Brazilian architects Roberto Aflalo, Espadon Francisco and Jorge Jauregui who were awarded second, third and fourth places respectively.
Backheuser said they would provide new public spaces by putting a terrace on the roof of the convention centre and creating gardens.