Luis de Garrido has come up with a fascinating design for low-energy multimedia telecommunications infrastructure that could be used at both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Primarily a telecommunications tower, the Berimbau also has a five-story spherical attachment with an extraordinary LED skin that can project images. Each level in this building has a different function, including recreational, retail, and office, and bioclimatic conditions are controlled with a combination of passive design and cutting edge technology.
One beautiful element of the tower is that it is comprised of recyclable materials so that theoretically it could be disassembled after the Rio events and used elsewhere. It is also a mixed-use project since it not only houses telecommunications infrastructure, but also other programs, and has the ability to project images of the games as they take place. So how is this achieved?
According to eVolo, the sphere’s outer skin consists of a tempered laminated glass curve that enables the building’s shape and cuts back summer solar gain while permitting winter sunlight to enter. The double inner skin is fitted with thousands of small energy-efficient LEDs that can be controlled to project synchronized video and other images. The tower also has a heated greenhouse and is both cooled and heated using geothermal technology. Like Garrido’s Eye of Horus house, which captured international attention from designers and celebrities alike, this design is sure to turn a few heads!