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Brasilia Athletics Stadium, Brazil

Friday 20 Sep 2013

A bird in flight

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Weston Williamson wins competition for Brasilia Athletics Stadium with constantly shifting building envelope 

UK-based design studio Weston Williamson has been revealed as the winner of an international competition to design the Brasilia Athletics Stadium in connection with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The victorious concept was released on Friday 20 September by the practice and has been inspired by a bird in flight.

The exterior of the stadium is constantly aflutter as its façade is made up of a series of feather-like structures which move with the breeze and appear to shift in different angles of sunlight. The result is a façade that is constantly in motion with no fixed identity, reaching upwards to the sky in a single gesture that ripples with the changing weather conditions.

This animated stadium will be rest on a wooden plinth situated in a cluster of water pools, the edges of which are dotted with luscious green trees. Underneath this plinth will be shaded areas bathed in light which penetrates through perforations in the plinth itself. Renderings also show a waterside pavilion in the shape of a crescent moon.

Weston Williamson’s design statement details: "The stadium references the icono­graphic plan for Brasilia that repre­sents a bird in flight, by incorporat­ing massive feather-like structures that envelop the interior. The movable envelope also acts ceremoniously, reaching up­wards to the sky when an event is about to unfold, adding another lay­er of visual spectacle to the games."

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Status Competition win
Value 0(m€)
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