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Giant solar waterfall for 2016 Olympics
May 11, 2010, 10:44 am
Filed under: Simply Amazing

One of the centerpieces for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may be this colossal solar-powered waterfall. While this is just one of the entries I can’t even imagine how this could be topped; I’m completely in awe by these concept drawings and its claims.

The waterfall will have a platform of solar panels will harvest energy to pull sea water up to its top. The resulting falling water will power turbines that can produce a constant stream of energy to be used at night and also by the city of Rio!

Some of the fun stuff will include an amphitheater, auditorium, cafeteria, and shops on the ground level. If you want to head to the top, a leisurely climb through the inside and you can take in the beauty of Rio de Janeiro and try your hand at bungee jumping.

The concept and design come from Swiss architecture firm RAFAA. And while this would truly be an awesome sight, they would like it to be more than a landmark:

“The aim of this project is to ask how the classic concept of a landmark can be reconsidered. It is less about an expressive, iconic architectural form; rather, it is a return to content and actual, real challenges for the imminent post-oil-era. This project represents a message of a society facing the future; thus, it is the representation of an inner attitude. Our project, standing in the tradition of “a building/city as a machine”, shall provide energy both to the city of Rio de Janeiro and its citizens while using natural resources.”


[via LikeCool]

5 Comments so far
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wow, that is one of the coolest looking things!

Comment by Bree

Wouldn’t it be something if it won the bid and we could actually go see it in person?

Comment by Natira

What an outstanding concept.

Comment by Des

Isn’t it interesting?! I can’t grasp the scale of it, but it looks like it would be colossal.

Comment by Natira

I want to see it up close

Comment by karen

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