eGFI - Dream Up the Future Sign-up for The Newsletter  For Teachers Online Store Contact us Search
Read the Magazine
What's New?
Explore eGFI
Engineer your Path About eGFI
Autodesk - Change Your World
Overview E-tube Trailblazers Student Blog
  • Tag Cloud

  • What’s New

  • Pages


  • RSS Comments

  • Archives

  • Meta

Energy-Generating Waterfall Proposed for 2016 Olympics

Last year we reported on the sustainability efforts of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, which made the games the greenest yet. Vancouver was outfitted with solar panels, green roofs, and mechanisms to collect and recycle rainwater. Award medals were made from re-purposed electronic waste.

Now, Rio de Janeiro is aiming to create the first games with a zero-carbon footprint when it hosts the Summer Olympics in 2016.

To help the city achieve this goal, Swiss-based RAFAA Architecture and Design has proposed a Solar City Tower, which features a visually stunning energy-generating waterfall.

Solar City Tower is RAFAA’s entry in the International Architecture Competition for the Olympic Games in 2016. Solar panels on the tower produce energy for the Olympic village by day, while seawater that is pumped into the tower drives turbines that generate electricity at night.

On special occasions the water can also be pumped over the edges of the building to create a dazzling waterfall, and an instantly recognizable landmark for visitors arriving in Rio by air or sea.

RAFAA proposed locating the Solar City Tower on the Cotunduba Island, and equipping the tower with an observation deck as well as a balcony at the top of the tower that would provide visitors with a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape. A glass skywalk platform would let visitors walk over the waterfall. There would also be a retractable platform for bungee jumping.

Does this make you want to travel to Rio for the Summer Olympics even more?

Images: RAFAA

6 Responses to “Energy-Generating Waterfall Proposed for 2016 Olympics”

  1. It looks like one of the sculptures for the Venus Project cities

  2. THIS LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!but i would be scared to bungee jump. ^E^ i would love to go there! bungee jumping would be a real thrill for me though ,but i’m too scared.

  3. […] Police hope to have the technology in wide circulation by the time Brazil hosts the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. […]

  4. […] Police hope to have the technology in wide circulation by the time Brazil hosts the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. […]

  5. […] Energy-generating Waterfall Proposed for 2016 Olympics (waterfall in Rio) […]

  6. Looks amazing! I wonder though how much power it requires to pump the water up to the top of the structure? Would this requirement negate it’s benefits? If it produces more engergy than it uses, I say we build one in every city!

Comments or Questions?

By clicking the "Submit" button you agree to the eGFI Privacy Policy.