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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Rio Olympic Port in Brazil by JDS Architects

July 6th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: JDS Architects

When looking at the creation of any new neighbourhood we need to identify qualities and clarify what its identity and attractiveness will be both for the city and for its inhabitants. For Porto Olympico we want to bring a new life to the area by creating a development which is turned inside out. Rather than making a simple series of towers with all the life on the interior, we have made a project which is defined by a thousand parks, balconies, and plateau’s of life and vitality.


  • Architects: JDS Architects
  • Project: Olympic Media & Sport Housing, Hotel
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Size: 700.000 m2
  • JDS Partner in Charge: Julien De Smedt, Andrew Griffin
  • Budget: Confidential


  • Client: City of Rio de Janeiro
  • Team: JDS, nearquitetura
  • Project Leader: Simon Berten
  • Type: Open competition
  • Status: Settled 2011
  • Project Team: Heechan Park, Felix Luong, Francisco Villeda, Wouter Dons

Aerial View

In our concept, public spaces as well as outdoor private terraces are employed to bring social life back to the city. In a city like New York the height and density follows rules and regulations that require the buildings to step back making huge terraces all over the city which are much sought after. This allows the buildings to feel less massive on the street scale.

In a town such as Santorini the natural cliff sides make housing typologies which terraces downwards. Shops, cafes, rest spots all integrate to make an amazing typology of the city. What we wish to do in Porto Olympico is to find a hybrid development that combines these 2 extremes. We designed a method of urbanism that allows for variety while holding a strong identity.




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