The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on a lagoon-side peninsula in the Barra da Tijuca district that will have 15 sports venues connected through a network of pathways planned by AECOM.
The Olympic park is centered on three existing stadiums left from the 2007 Pan-American Games which were themselves built over a Formula One track from the 1970s. The designers at AECOM want to transform the peninsula into a tropical landscape which will emphasize the mountains and valleys of the coastline with sloping hills and curved pathways.
The venues will be lined on both sides of a black-and-white central axis and seven new stadiums are planned to be built on the site. The handball area designed by the AndArchitects studio in collaboration with Lopes, Santos & Ferreira Gomes will be dismantled after the games and the site will be used to build four new schools.
The Velodrome will be renovated by 3DReid and the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center will host the swimming and diving events. The gymnastics will take place in the HSBC Stadium and the waterfront lawn is designed to host up to 12000 spectators with a broadcast center designed by AECOM which can accommodate 20000 journalists.