_Pier Maua – Rio
Client : Cirque du Soleil
Place : Rio Brésil
Mandate: Design of a theatre and 2 public spaces on a port in Rio.
Completion date : 2008
Concept and challenges : A series of veils extends along a river from the city to the ocean in two major components: a commercial/entertainment strip and a theater. The project underlines the importance of binding the city to Pier Maua, a vantage point that offers a vista of many important Rio landmarks. The project’s link with the city is based on the echoing relationship between two venues occupying opposite ends of the pier: the hotel, and the theater-belvedere on the ocean side. A new urban space is created between the two – a genuine town square on a scale befitting both Rio’s great gatherings and its port. A metaphorical landscape echoing the Amazon rainforest, the river and its different moods will merge in the movement of three constructed veils housing Cirque’s theater. This movement will peacefully extend to a belvedere at the end of the pier. The interaction with low and high tides was an important feature of this project.
Partners and collaborators : IBI-CHBA, Aurèle Cardinal, Roch Cayouette, Jean Beaudoin
Team : Stéphanie cardinal
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