The Olympic beetle
The Architects suggest to take this Pill with the song
Rio de Janeiro / Brazil
Photography courtesy 23SUL / Rendering Ricardo Canton
The project of the Deodoro Terminal by the Brazilian studio 23SUL was designed for the candidacy of Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Olympic and Para-Olympic Games. This event represents a source of transformation for the city of Rio de Janeiro and promotes an architectural, economical and cultural development. The Olympic Park, built in Barra de Tijuca, is the main center of the Olympic Games and it’s in relation to others sporting arenas: Deodoro, Maracana and Capocabana. The terminal integrates the Bus Rapid Transport network and the Rail system network throughout a yellow pedestrian walkway. As a premise, all the buildings designed for the Olympics are supposed to have a strong image, which should became a landmark in the city during and after the Games. 23SUL answers to this request designing a big structure composed by steel arches. The studio aims to create a unique space, with same coverage of the levels of the platforms and the high mezzanine, like a review of English railway stations of the nineteenth century. The overall aspect of the design at the same time retains a strong organic feel that made the architect dub the terminal ‘The Big Beetle’. The mesh structure allows natural light and ventilation, such as a skin that breathes. The Deodoro Terminal mirrors the way of working of the 23SUL : as well as their open-space/source studio, this project presents a spatial configuration with no partitions and no boundaries, granting an unimpeded exchange of experiences between the people. In the same way even the “Big Beetle” is not a boundary itself, but it’s open to the landscape allowing a visual connection between the terminal and the city.