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Solar Tower for the 2016 Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro

    Solar Tower for the 2016 Olympic Games - 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 stores 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
    reused 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

    At the top of the tower, it will be possible to appreciate the scenery
    around the island where she will be erected and its waterfall will
    become a benchmark for 2016 and the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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