The London Olympics are still ongoing, but already the world is looking to and planning to future Games.
With a great deal of focus placed on the post-games architectural transformations in the green building spirit that has made its way into the games, it follows that industry minds are already moving towards 2016.
The plans already under development are nothing short of show-stopping. While this year’s Games have been awash with green building ambition, early reports regarding the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, suggest the games will run completely on alternative energy sources.
What’s more, the energy will be generated in extraordinary fashion.
The Solar City Tower, a hybrid solar-water energy system, will offer to power up the Olympic Village and much of the city itself.
Designed by Zurich-based architectural firm RAFAA Architecture & Design, the alternative energy generator is expected to rise 105 metres above sea level. Created to run completely sustainably, the tower will function as a passive solar power generator throughout the day, and a hydropower generator and power storage unit at night.
In what promises to be a stunning show for both locals and the masses of spectators and athletes, the ocean water used to pump through the turbines and create power will create a massive water fall effect.
If daredevil spectators want a closer look, a bungee jumping platform will be located on the tower’s 90th level.
The Solar City Tower will stand as an icon of a modern Olympics, and the zeitgeist of this generation. Setting new standards that have yet to be achieved, the next Olympic Games are expected to be the most ambitious yet – especially in regard to their environmentally responsible acumen.
Global events such as the Olympics truly magnify the spirit and goals of a people. Going so far as to rely solely on green energy generation is an incredible feat for the entire country of Brazil, and one that will certainly not go unnoticed. The country hopes to set an example through their advantageous goals and should be commended for their incredible ambition and forward thinking.