RIO DE JANEIRO – A pair of land architects from Rio de Janeiro beat out 82 other proposals to win thegolf course design for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The lush tropical landscape of Barra da Tijuca will be the site of the project, and Pedro Évora and Pedro Rivera won the right to be the land designers. Of the 82 teams to enter the competition, 57 were submitted and 40 were approved in the first round. The competition was open to Brazilian professionals who graduated within the last 15 years.
Golf returns to the Rio Olympic Games for the first time in more than a century, since 1904.
The Brazilian Institute of Architects announced the winner. The winners will receive about a $12,350 prize
“We wished to showcase Brazilian culture and to give this opportunity to our country’s young architects,” said Carlos Arthur Nuzman of the RIO 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. “They’ve come up with projects that honor and make Brazilian architecture proud. I’m delighted with the result.”
Évora said the site of the course “is an open space, with full contact with nature, integrated with the landscape of Barra. Those who play and who attend will have a unique experience, one that could only be experienced here.”