[RIO DE JANEIRO] Symbolic World Cup Structure

Project ///

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil, the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, boasting approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper. This makes it the 6th largest in the Americas and 26th in the world.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup which is an international association football tournament and the 20th competition is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12th June to 13th July 2014. This will be the second time Brazil has hosted the competition with the first being in 1950, making Brazil the fifth country to have hosted the World Cup twice after Mexico, Italy, France and Germany.

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 to achieve the following:

_Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the World Cup.
_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an iconic structure that will be used by visitors during the World Cup.
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

This is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Symbolic Structure to be built. 

Media Sponsors ///

Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced - 23rd February 2013  

_Start of Competition and Early Bird registration - 01st March to 01st May 2013  

_Late Competition Registration - 02nd May to 30th June 2013  

_Deadline for Questions - 10th June 2013  

_Closing Date for Submissions - 05th July 2013  

_Jury Evaluation - 10th July - 17th July 2013  

_Announcement of Winners and posted on www.ac-ca.org - 20th July 2013


Jury ///

_Pablo Resende – Architect (Brazilian)

_Mario Cubeddu – Architect / Lecturer (Italian)
_Jennifer Beningfield – Architect / Writer (South African)


Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000 with the distribution as follows:




There will also be 7 honorable mentions


1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

• wettbewerbe-aktuell Magazine (Germany)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)

• Monitor International Magazine (Germany, France, Russia)

 Future Arquitecturas Architecture Magazine (USA & China)

• ASK Magazine (Egypt)

• Positive Art Magazine (Italia)

• ArcoWeb Magazine (Brazil)


FAQ ///

Can we extend to the south-east area of the site or beyond the specified boundaries for this project?
We highly recommend that all participant respect the boundaries set and the competition brief as a whole, however we are interested in motivating architects to provide their own point of view or vision, which very often may lead to the pushing of the boundaries and rules defined by the Competition. In other words, entrants are free to explore how far they can push the rules and guidelines set for Competition without breaking them, to avoid being disqualified.

What is the most accurate visual image or representation of the square (site) as Google earth, Google street view, the photographs of the site and the DWG file differ slightly especially with regards to the semi-circular stone steps?
The photographs are the most accurate and were taken on site last month by a member of our team. The semi-circular stone steps no longer exist in that form.

How big should the giant screen(s) be?
There is no size restriction for the giants display screens. They are meant to be use by a large crowd and images seen by the public around the site even at a distance away.

Should the giant screen(s) be viewable by public in the square and in the cafe simultaneously?
Yes the screen(s) should be viewable from the cafe and the surrounding area.

Do we need air-conditioner or artificial ventilation system for the structure?
Air-conditioners are not neccessary requirement,  however you can include a system as part of your own design.

Can the designed structure touch or interact with the aqueduct next to the site plot area?
Yes, it can be considered as part of your own design. However, we don't think is necessary for safety reasons as it is normally a functioning tram line carrier.

Does this project need ticketing controlled entrance?
No. It is a public structure for use by the general public within a public space.

Is there a need to secure the structure at night or when it is not open to the public or in use?
Yes. We recommend that security shutters or other measures are considered in the design to protect the structure at night once it is closed.

Can we use elevator or lift to transfer people between the levels?
Lift / elevators are not requirement, however participants may include it as part of their own design vision.

Can mobile levels be included in any design proposal?
Yes. However, Health and Safety must be a priority and respected in any such design.

It is possible to have further information material for the site such as 3D model or elevation?
Unfortunately, further material or individual design specific material request cannot be provided. Participants are advised to source further 3D models or elevations themselves through services such as Google 3D mapping.

Should the coffee area be in an enclosed area or can it be outdoors with the ordering and kitchen service indoors?
The seating area can be inside or outside the Structure or even a combination of both as part of your concept.

Can participants extend the specified area for the Structure to the boundaries of “Av. Republica do Paraguai" since the semi-circular stone steps no longer exist and the the site’s poor conservation?
Yes, participants can extend to the boundaries of "Av. Republica do Paraguai". However, the general site area is expected to be part of the regeneration / re-construction plan before the FIFA2014 events.

Can the Structure be permanent to promote sustainability and stand as a useful intervention and legacy in the city after the world cup?
No. The competition brief specified a temporary Structure. This should not prevent participants from applying sustainable design principles within their design.

Can partially underground or deep-rooted spaces for service or plants be incorporated in any design proposal?
No. The site is not to be damaged or involved any deep structural foundations for the proposed temporary (free standing) Structure.

How large should the display screen be?
The display screen should be approximately 6m x 4.5m.

Is it possible to create a suspension from Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches) aqueduct as part of the design proposal for the temporary Structure?
Yes. However, there should not hinder or pose any danger or safety concerns to the yellow trams service that usually run along the tracks on the aqueduct.

Can temporary benches or seating be provided for watching the football matches on the large screen?
Yes, temporary benches or seating can be included as part of any design proposal.

Can a covered space exceeding the 350 meters square be designed to accommodate the giant screen and seating visitors?
Yes, a covered space exceeding the 350 meters square can be provided.

Do participants have to provide a single enclosed room 350 meters square or can the assumption be made that it is divided between various services and functions such as the toilets, cafes, souvenir shop etc?
The proposal of a single large enclosed, open or even sub-divided spaces is open to participants design ideas.