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Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 31, 2012 @ 5:18 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Sustainable Building | 18 Comments
The self-sustaining tower for the 2016 Olympic Games is designed to create renewable energy  for use in the Olympic Village  as well as the city of Rio. A large solar power  plant generates energy during the day. Any excess power not used during the day is utilized to pump seawater into a storage tank within the tower. At night, the water is released to power turbines, which will provide nighttime power for the city. On special occasions water is pumped out to create a waterfall  over the edges of the building, which RAFAA says  will be, “a symbol for the forces of nature.” Info on the size of the solar and pumped water storage system is not available yet.
Access to the eco tower  is gained through an urban plaza and amphitheater 60 meters above sea level, which can be used for social gatherings. On the ocean side of the 105 meter tower (behind the waterfall) is a cafeteria and shop. An elevator takes visitors up to the top floor where an observation deck offers 360 views of the ocean and city. At level 90.5, a bungee platform is available for adventurous visitors.
Via Ecofriend 
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URLs in this post:
 Rio: http://inhabitat.com../2009/10/19/rios-paineiras-hotel-to-receive-eco-renovation/
 RAFAA Architecture & Design: http://www.rafaa.ch/
 Olympic Games more sustainable: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/12/will-london-2012-be-the-green-olympics/
 renewable energy: http://inhabitat.com../energy
 Olympic Village: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/17/olympic-athletes-village-greenest-neighborhood-in-the-world/
 solar power: http://inhabitat.com../solar-power/
 waterfall: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/24/eden-falls-skyscraper-zoo-topped-with-a-waterfall/
 says: http://www.rafaa.ch/rafaa/rio_de_janeiro.html
 eco tower: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/08/water-purification-skyscraper-purifies-jakarta-rivers/
 Ecofriend: http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/solar-city-tower-by-rafaa-turns-into-an-urban-waterfall-to-generate-energy/
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