Solar City Tower Rio Di Janeiro
Please Note: The Solar City Tower is a concept envisaged by Zurich based architecture and design studio RAFAA. The design was created for a competition in 2009. The images show an artist’s impression of what the proposed tower might look like if constructed. However, the project is just a proposal and the tower may never actually be built.
Solar City Tower
While we struggle to complete Commonwealth Games stadiums in New Delhi,
take a look at a solar tower being built for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The challenge was to design a vertical structure on the island of Cotonduba
that in addition to serving as an observation tower
would become a symbol of welcome to newcomers in Rio
either by sea or by air once it has been host city of 2016 Olympic Games.
Designed by RAFA firm headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland,
it is called “Solar City Tower”,
this structure was chosen in response to the initial proposal and
it has the potential to generate enough energy
not only for the Olympic city, but also for part of the city of Rio.
Its design makes it store solar energy during the day
thanks to signs at ground level,
while the surplus energy produced is piped
to pump sea water within tower giving the effect of a waterfall outside.
This water is re-used simultaneously by turbines
which are designed to produce energy during the night.
These characteristics give it the epithet tower generator
which is intended as a continuation of some of the resolutions
taken during the Earth Summit United Nations in 1992
that took place in Rio and also promotes
the use of natural resources in energy among these people.
The tower also has an amphitheater, an auditorium, cafeteria
and shops accessible on the ground floor where you can take an elevator
that leads to various observatories and
a retractable platform for the practice of bungee.
At the top of the tower,
it will be possible to appreciate the scenery around the island
where it will be erected and its waterfall will become
a benchmark for 2016 and the city of Rio de Janeiro.