Over a 1 million SF Master Planning

Architecture, Master Planning

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro’s global position as a world-class city is most recently evidenced by the world-class events being hosted there in the next several years – the World Cup, the Olympics. At the heart of Rio’s golden beaches lies Rio Albamar, the central juncture of old and new in this beautiful city, a pivotal intermodal hub of all scales, global (airport), regional (bus and ferry), local (car) and micro (pedestrian). However, the separation of the historic fabric and the water’s edge by an elevated highway has led to a cataclysmic stall in growth and a characteristic decline in development. The city’s original founding point at Rio Albamar and its dependence on the water has been strangulated by the necessities of infrastructure. The demands of industrial growth contributed to large infill projects – naval yards, the port of Rio, the Santos Dumos airport and the elevated highway. These large artifacts all contribute to the binding of downtown Rio, preventing its reach to the water’s edge. The current condition is a strangulation of the city, separated from the water. The proposed master plan strategically and ingeniously remedies and “re-stitches” the edge. The elevated highway will become submerged under the city, replaced by the emerald necklace of Rio, a greenway and pedestrian thouroughfare that will reconnect the inhabitants to the precious edge. This central catalyst will spark development along its length and will serve as a premier promenade, enlivening, enriching, enhancing. New areas are proposed for marina developments which will strengthen, revitalize, and develop the waterfront, activating waterfront economies and encouraging boating activities. A new Ferry Terminal that hovers elegantly over the water will encourage and connect, feeding the intermodal hub. Flying high over Praca XV, a proposed Ferris Wheel, the Rio O, will provide long vistas and entertainment potential for tourists and inhabitants alike. A large aquarium and performing arts center round out the proposal, taking full advantage of such an iconic city by restoring it’s world-class waterfront. The existing fabric and its rich qualities will be restored, revitalized, and enhanced by the strategic master plan for Rio Albamar.

Oppenheim Architecture + Design

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