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Rio de Janeiro 2014 Symbolic World Cup Structure

Trees of Celebration


AC-CA Architecture Competition Entry
June 2013


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. This competition hopes toachieve the following:


Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, detailsand the spirit of the World Cup.

Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an iconic structure that will beused by visitors during the World Cup.

Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.


We see incalculable repetition and tectonics among seams, surfaces, volumes, masses, et al. This proposal for a post-scientific museum for Geology is thus focused on articulating, not mimicking, the very nature of geology through repetitive tectonic of varying surface and volume conditions. It encourages the geological phenomena rather than conventional museum exhibitions. The exterior envelope articulates the scars or seams that link the surfaces with different condition and informs the interior activities as well. The interior is a reconstitution of crevasse, chasm, gorge, prairie, et al. that has emerged from tracing the rock we have chosen to study. We only traced the information from rock and assigned museum functions and structure to the resulting formation.

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