Bartlett School of Architecture UCL
critics: Marcos CRUZ, Marjan COLLETTI, & Hannes MEYER
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jeffrey LEE: A new grandstand is designed for the existing Sambadrome at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The development aims to regenerate the place and surrounding area to hold a larger amount of spectators by providing more seats and standing platforms. A larger area of the site is covered to enable comprehensive wider angle of views towards the parade. The curvilinear and sensual rising platforms have added a new elevation to the context.
This multi-functional architectural tectonic also served as a museum for Samba floats underneath where it operates for 365 days and grandstand for 2 weeks during the Samba carnival. This excessive synthetic tectonic is to highlight the significance of samba yet to present the cultural identity of a Brazilian.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JL: Unit 20(BSA), marcosandmarjan, SCI-Arc, Tom Wiscombe and Hadid Studio.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JL: Planet of Slums, Cidade de deus, Rio Carnival, and so on.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
ZHA, Herzog & de Meuron, Oyler Wu, marcosandmarjan, Co.De. and Jose Sanchez.
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I would like to thank my tutors Marcos and Marjan, Hannes Mayer, students from the Bartlett, and all the critics who were so dedicated in giving me their opinions, critiques, and positive motivation for rationalising this project.