Adriana Varejão’s treatment for the Olympic Aquatics Stadium by GMP Architekten

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Architect.- gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner.
Treatment for the aquatics center.- Adriana Varejão. Cooperation.- Lumens, Sustentec und AECOM (Vorentwurf).
Prefeitura Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.
GFA.- 36,887 sqm
Length.- 136.8 m
Height.- 31.65 m
Roof area.- 13,912 sqm
Ground area.- 35,898 sqm
Width.- 101.7 m
Facade area.- 15,097 sqm
Seats.- 18,000


Adriana Varejao. Brazilian, b. 1964, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She’s practice centers on the use of ceramic tiles, both depicted in paint and as literal components of the work. This geometric tile patterning is juxtaposed with a flesh-like interior in the sculptural “Jerked-beef ruin” series (2000-04), in which the tile is ruptured to expose bloody viscera beneath. Varejão has cited a range of inspirations including Baroqueart, architectural ruins, nature, science, theater, and colonial history, alluding to her native Brazil’s colonization by featuring the blue and white azulejos tiles brought by the Portuguese colonists. With meticulous attention to craft, Varejão’s practice stages the convergence of binaries, between geometric and organic, mesmerizing and repulsive.

Meinhard von Gerkan - Volkwin Marg. GMP ARCHITEKTEN

gmp Architekten. gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (abbreviated gmp Architeckten or gmp) is a German Architecture practice based in Hamburg and with offices in Asia and other regions. It was founded in 1965 by the architects Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg. In the first two years of Meinhard von Gerkan and Marg Volkwin association, they won eight architectural competitions alredy, including the design for the Berlin Tegel Airport.

Meinhard von Gerkan. Born in Riga, Latvia in 1935, Meinhard von Gerkan is an architect by Technical University of Braunschweig, where he graduated in 1964. The following year, he teamed up with Volkwin Marg, a partnership which still exists today under the name "von Gerkan, Marg und Partner "(GMP), and with base in Hamburg.

In 1974 Gerkan was appointed for a professorship at Technical University of Braunschweig, where he directed until 2002 the Institute of Architectural Design (Department of Architecture and Design A).
Meinhard von Gerkan is also a member of the Free Academy of Arts Hamburg.

Marg Volkwin. Marg Volkwin was born in 1936 in Königsberg, East Prussia. From 1958 to 1964 he studied Arquietcture in Berlin at the Technical University of Braunschweig, where he graduated in 1965, year in which he also founded the architectural firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners (GMP) together with Meinhard von Gerkan.

In 1972 he was appointed as member of the Free Academy of Arts Hamburg and  in 1974, member of the German Academy for urban and regional planning. From 1975 to 1983 he was the first vice president, then (1979) President of the Federal German architects (BDA). In 1986 he received a professorship at the RWTH Aachen for city planning and teaching work.

Since 2007 Marg is director of the Academy of structures (AAC), which he founded along with von Gerkan through the GMP Foundation. Volkwin Marg is a member of the advisory board of the Federal Cultural Foundation Construction.

In 2009 he was awarded the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany ausgezeichnet. In 2010 he became a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

In 2012 he received an honorary doctorate in the Department of Architecture, awarded by the Academic Council of the University of Hamburg HafenCity.

Together, Meinhard von Gerkan and Marg Volkwin have won more than 490 awards in national and international contests, among which more than 290 are first prizes.



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