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Rio Olympic Games – Sustainable Aquatic Stadium

May 3 2016

With the Olympic Games less than 14 weeks away, Brazil is now presenting its stadiums to the world’s press.

Earlier this month, the Olympic Aquatic Stadium in Rio was unveiled with great emphasis on the structures sustainability. The arena, built to hold 15,000 spectators, has been designed using ‘nomadic architecture’ techniques which will allow it to be taken down and rebuilt as two smaller aquatic venues after the games.

The venue also has an innovative natural ventilation system that will keep it cool while reducing energy usage thanks to 15,000 strategically positioned tiny holes that have been drilled into the structure to ensure a refreshing air-flow. Without this energy saving technology, it is possible that the equivalent of 10,000 household air-conditioning units would have been needed to artificially cool the arena.

The stadium has two pools, one for competition and one for training, each with a capacity for 3.7 million litres of water. The seating surrounds the competition pool, with front-row seats as close as 10 metres from the pool. A special filter system will reduce the use of chemicals by 25 per cent and the water will be maintained between 25 and 28 degrees celsius, as advised by FINA, aquatic sport’s governing body.

Following the Olympic Games wrap-up, instead of leaving an empty giant stadium, the arena will be dismantled and reused as two separate aquatic centres one with a covered 50m pool and capacity for 6,000 people, the other with a 50m pool with capacity for 3,000 people – utilising the resources.

During the Olympic Games, the venue will host the swimming on 6-13 August and the knock-out stages of the water polo on 14-20 August, before staging the Paralympic swimming events on 8-17 September.

Source Rio 2016

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