Consultant Aecom has revealed its masterplan design for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, developed by the same team that worked on the London 2012 Olympic Park and legacy plans.
Aecom said its legacy plans will create a new district in Rio with new homes, jobs and places for leisure activities. The consultant worked on the plans with Daniel Gusmao of DG Architecture, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Pujol Barcelona Architects, IMG Sports and Expedition. Aecom Planning Design + Development group chief executive Jason Prior said Aecom had used the same project team that worked on London’s Olympic park and its legacy plans.
Won in an international competition with submissions from 59 teams in 18 countries, the Rio masterplan was focused on 120ha of land in the district of Barra de Tijuca, south-west of Rio. The site is set against a backdrop of mountains and overlooks the lagoon of Jacarepagua.
“We are doing very well in our preparation for the Olympic Games, as this contest proves,” Rio mayor Eduardo Paes said. “Our concern is with the legacy that we will leave for the city. The Olympic Park will be a central facility of the Games, focusing on different sports. One of the aims of this competition was to think about how to occupy this area so that it will be possible to attract private funds for works that would be paid with public funds.”