Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Arena Maracanã soccer stadium was originally built for the 1950 World Cup. More than 60 years later, it is still looking beautiful thanks to a recent renovation project by the architectural firm Fernandes Arquitetos Associados. The firm began the project in 2010, deciding to improve the existing stadium rather than tearing it down and building a new one.
The renovated stadium, encompassing 124,000 m2 and featuring 78,838 seats, was completed in 2013. The main changes occurred in the design of the stands, where new structures were designed to meet the ideal conditions of visibility, safety and comfort. A stunning new “floating roof,” designed by Germany’s Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, is constructed from high tension PTFE coated fiberglass membrane.
According to lead architect Daniel Fernandes, "We think of modernity and functionality of stadiums, always worrying about the comfort of spectators with the optimization of natural resources, and also with the future development of the region around these projects."
Fernandes recognized that Maracanã is more than just a stadium, it is part of Brazil’s cultural heritage and a worldwide symbol of the one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Stratasys couldn’t agree more! Working with STL files provided by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados, we 3D printed Maracanã on the Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer using rigid opaque (VeroWhitePlus) material. The model was assembled from just two parts – the roof and the base.
Architects the world over are using Stratasys 3D printing to test their designs and present them to customers. Watch this short video to see how we moved Maracanã from files to a fan-pleasing model.