Giant Solar Waterfall Proposed for 2016 Olympics Site
A stunning architectural design has been proposed for Rio de Janeiro to mark its hosting of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. The design uses solar power to run pumps which raise water to the top of the falls. When it is released and plummets downward, it spins turbines that also create electricity. The main wall of the waterfall would be over 300 feet above sea level functioning as the symbolic part of a large solar power plant.
The goal of the solar power plant would be to create enough electricity to make a carbon-neutral Olympic event. At the base of the structure on the ground level, plans call for shops, an amphitheater, auditorium, and walking areas. Bungee jumping could also be possible using the main vertical structure. The bungee platform is designated as retractable and located at a height of 90 meters.
The Swiss architecture firm RAFAA is responsible for the Solar City Tower design. An environmental theme was chosen as an homage to the 1992 Earth Summit: “After hosting the United Nation’s Earth Summit in 1992, Rio de Janeiro will once again be the starting point for a global green movement and for a sustainable development of urban structures.”
Their website says their design is also a reference to the “imminent post-oil era.”
Image credit: RAFAA