Rio Olympics 2016 Sustainable Fan-Box Announcement of Winners by Archasm

October 26, 2016

Rio Olympics 2016 Sustainable Fan-Box- Competition Organiser:


Website link:

Type of Competition:

Open for all (Architects and students), Idea based, Interdisciplinary


  • First prize: Gerônimo Dornelles (Brazil)
  • Second prize: Wong Ka Lok (Hong Kong)
  • Third prize: Adam Fernandez, Lizhen Xu (France)

Jury Panel:

  • Arthur Casas, Principal, Studio Arthur Casas, Sao Paulo-New York
  • Flavia Quintanilha, Partner, Architectare, Rio de Janeiro
  • Adrian Welch, Chief Editor, e-architect, London

Press Release: Announcement of winners:

We are proud to present the WINNERS and HONORABLE MENTIONS, along with a comprehensive list of the TOP 25 proposals shortlisted by the jury for ‘RIO OLYMPICS SUSTAINABLE FANBOX’ competition. The competition received an overwhelming 173 registrations from all around the world and was a great hit among students and architects alike. The competition demanded a stimulating and exciting approach towards the design of a temporary and sustainable fan pavilion on the Copacabana Beach for serving the spectators during Olympic Games 2016.  The proposals were a beaming example of innovation and fulfilled our expectations from an ideas’ competition. All the participants’ have shown a breathtaking level of creativity and extraordinary approaches in designing a sustainable fanbox.  All the top 25 proposals are up for viewing on the website and will be put up shortly on our social media pages and all other media houses partnered by us.

Jury Notes:

Gerônimo Dornelles (Brazil)

The project stands out mainly by the interpretation of the theme, and the clarity and dexterity to present its proposal Take advantage of local characteristics and brings agile solutions in a sustainable way. An ephemeral solution that explores the theme of sustainability from the point of view of a natural and local material resources. It reaches a level of sensitivity as the interpretation of the proposal that stands out from the rest.

-Arthur Casas

This is so clean and neat that fits perfectly in Copacabana lifestyle and modernist landscape. So much so, it wouldn´t even need to be temporary. It could just stay anywhere.

-Flavia Quintanilha

This is an elegant solution, combining landscape and architecture in a clever way. There is a delicious contrast between the organic sandy mounds and the regular floating plane. The simple planes and columns complete the architectural ensemble. The presentation is excellent.

-Adrian Welch


Wong Ka Lok (Hong Kong)

A good interpretation of the theme with a audacious solution structure, a good presentation and exposition of the proposal, but I felt a little lack of innovation and harmony with the surrounding architecture, but nothing that decrease the quality of the work presented.

-Arthur Casas

What a wonderful Mar Largo 3d reinterpretation! Also, very precise in all the uses and spaces.

-Flavia Quintanilha

The curvaceous building rises up from the beach like a Oscar Niemeyer or Frei Otto building. The design feels at one with the sandy landscape, echoing dunes and waves. It doesn’t impose a foreign solution on the waterfront.

-Adrian Welch


Adam Fernandez, Lizhen Xu (France)

Like the other works presented, the cloudy dune stands out for its understanding and interpretation of the theme aligned with an impeccable presentation. I felt a certain distance in the relation between the local culture and the environment, but the propose is very exciting and inventive.

-Arthur Casas

This feels like Burning Man has come to Rio! An elegant structure inviting people to relax and have fun.

-Flavia Quintanilha

An organic enclosure, possibly too ephemeral to form sufficient enclosure – the dynamic design seems more about creating focus than protection from the elements. The light touch suggests the beach could quickly return to normal after the event.

-Adrian Welch


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