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2016 Rio Olympics: 4 Breathtaking Buildings

These modern Olympic structures are the latest Brazilian design beauties

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Sewage in the sea, slipshod athletes’ housing construction, and a Russian doping scandal—these are but a few of the problems currently plaguing the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will open this Friday, August 5, and run until August 21. But of course, the games must go on, and all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro for the next two weeks.

The spotlight will also be on the Olympic complex. International architects have always vied to work on Olympic stadiums and buildings, most of which have sculptural forms (like the Bird’s Nest” of the 2008 Beijing Olympics), and Rio is no exception.

While their designs have been mostly under the radar, Brazilian architects working with other foreign architectural firms have designed stunning Olympic buildings using “Nomadic Architecture” techniques (meaning, the buildings can be dismantled after the Olympics to be transformed into other structures, dispelling the common notion that Olympic buildings become unused and wasteful). These also have hints of the trademark organic-modern touches found in iconic Brazilian architects’ works like that of Oscar Niemeyer. Here are four standouts:

The Handball Arena

Designed by UK-based AndArchitects with Brazilian firm Lopes Santos and Ferreira Gomes, this arena has a façade that becomes see-through at night. After the Olympics are over, the arena can be disassembled and reconstructed into four different school buildings.

The Olympic Indoor Training Center

Brazilian design firm BCMF Architects utilized clear glazing on curved walls, creating an ultra-modern structure for this sports training facility for local and international athletes in the Barra Olympic Park.

The Copacabana Stadium

Meet me at the Copa—Copacabana Stadium, that is—the structure that houses the Beach Volleyball tournaments. This stadium sits right on the sands of the famous Copacabana Beach, and was built back in 2007 for the Panamerican Games.

The Olympic Aquatics Stadium

This beautiful, luminous building also by BCMF has thousands of miniature ventilation shafts that cool the space, cutting down on AC costs. It can also be dismantled after the Olympics are over. This venue will host the swimming and water polo matches.

PHOTOS: Pinterest | e-architect | Dezeen | AndArchitect.

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