Rio 2016 Olympic's amazing tower of water

One of the first failures of Obama as POTUS was his lobbying efforts on behalf of his home city Chicago to be the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Chicago’s loss is Rio de Janeiro’s gain. And it sure looks like Rio is going all out to make 2016 a most memorable Olympics. Look at these pics!!!

“Solar City Tower,” built atop the island of Cotonduba, will be the welcome symbol of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
It will be seen by the game visitors and participants as they arrive by air or water.

The tower captures solar energy. It will supply energy for all of the Olympic city, and also for part of Rio.
Water is pumped from the ocean to create what appears like a water fall. The water fall, in turn, stimulates turbines that produce energy during the night.

It will also hold the Olympic flame.

The Tower possesses an amphitheater, an auditorium, a cafeteria and boutiques. Elevators lead to various observatories.
It also has a retractable platform for the practice of bungee jumping.

At the summit is an observation point to appreciate the scenery of the land and ocean, as well as the water fall.
Solar City Tower will be the point of reference for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Before we get all excited, it turns out these images are still at the conceptual level.
According to, the Solar City Tower hasn’t yet been built, may never be built, and may not even be technically feasible. It is a proposal submitted in 2009 by RAFAA, a Zurich-based architecture and design studio.
You can read more about the proposed tower on RAFAA’s website.
H/t beloved fellow Terry.

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8 years ago

Well, they can dream, and that’s what we pursue, always hopeful for the best outcome…. From what physics I know, this overview makes me feel as if solar energy alone will not be up to the task. To move materials against gravity is a wearisome task which requires a lot of energy to overcome inertia; even more is needed to make something go in another direction. BUT it is a beautiful concept, and they will surely model it for practicality. It’s just my conservative European-oriented POV from learning carpentry and other trades that makes me feel this way. I’m also… Read more »

8 years ago

Well said, GF, and kudos to you this fine day!

8 years ago

Beautiful design, indeed!
From RAFAA website, “real challenges for the imminent post-oil-era…Rio de Janeiro will once again be the starting point for a global green movement and for a sustainable development of urban structures.” Manbearpig would be proud…