rio de janeiro City Tower Academic Competition


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The challenge consists of designing a Lighthouse-Tower which will become a symbol welcoming all those who visit Rio de Janeiro, whether they arrive by air or sea.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Skyscraper
Country Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RegDeadline 30 November 2008 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
20 December 2008 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

For this competition the project under consideration will be located in the bay of the city of Rio de Janeiro, which is the obligatory approach for aircraft landing at the city’s airport, and will comprise a vertical structure which will seek to become a symbol for those arriving in Rio, creating an image potent enough to enable Rio to triumph in its bid to host the summer Olympics in 2016.
This vertical element of at least 100 meters in height should be sufficiently versatile to house multiple sporting and cultural events, as well as providing a space for recreation and serving as a huge lighthouse composed of multiple LED units (ultraviolet light-emitting diodes) located all the way from the highest part of the edifice, along its entire architectural structure, to the base. The Lighthouse-Tower should be an easily distinguishable object capable of imposing its presence within the context of the urban and natural surroundings of the city. Nevertheless, the competitors may choose to produce totally experimental designs which express opposite extremes, ranging from the subordination of the urban profile and surrounding landscape to the option of creating a new model which will serve to redefine the idea of a “monument” in the context of the debate regarding the paradisiacal and the cosmopolitan.

Roberto Segre (Architect)
Milton Feferman (Architect)
Carlos Eduardo Nunes-Ferreira (Architect)
Acácio Gil Borsoi (Architect)

1st PRIZE: 2 Air tickets to participate and Accommodation for three nights for two persons and A guided visit and architectural tour, Publication
2nd PRIZE: US $ 1,000 and Publication
3rd PRIZE and 9 HONORABLE MENTIONS: Publication

Entry Fee
US $ 150: from September 16st to October 31th
Late Registration: US $ 200: from November 1st to November 30st

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Jury Evaluations: January 1st to January 20th, 2009
Winners announced: Feberuary 1st , 2009
RIO Exhibition: March, 2009


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