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Rio de Janeiro, Brasile: Mekene Architecture Wins Rio De Janeiro Symbolic World Cup Structure Competition
Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World

The aim of this International Competition is to design a free standing World Cup Structure in Lapa square in the heart of Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 Fifa World Cup. the project should create a social space which includes a live big screen Tv, an information area, a cafe, etc...

Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World

“Wing of Glory” pavilion, designed by parisian-based firm Mekene Architecture, was the first prize winner for the “Rio de Janeiro symbolic world cup structure” competition for the 2014 Fifa world cup.

Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World

The structure doesn’t just stand somewhere in the middle of the square like an alien object. It rather seeks to establish a strong and coherent link with the structuring spine and main landmark of the site, the Arcos de Lapa.

Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World

The aqueduct physically supports the structure, but also shelters its various spaces and even defines its initial profile. the wing profile stems from the regular, semi-circular arches shapes and then evolves freely as it gets further from the aqueduct.

Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World

The wing itself is made of an inflated fabric membrane supported by a light tubular aluminium frame in order to cause minimal stress and impact on the aqueduct pillars. It offers a generous shaded surface totalling more than 400 m2. All of the functional spaces are housed in boxes that slide between the arches.

Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World

Instead of installing a traditional large screen, the membrane itself acts as a projection screen, offering a large viewing area in its central part. At night the whole membrane glows with a soft white light.

Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World
Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World
Mekene Architecture Wins Rio de Janeiro Symbolic World

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