Following the example of Barcelona in 1992, Rio de Janeiro decided to take advantage of its status as host of the Football World Cup and future Olympic city to reshape entire neighborhoods. Located in the city center, the port area had remained away from the development of the metropolis. Through an extensive urban redevelopment project, the 50 hectares will become Porto Maravilha, the "port of wonders"!
Besides the construction of infrastructure (network electricity, gas, water, sewer) and thousands of homes, office buildings and hotels, the project focuses on soft mobility with the creation of several public transport lines (including a cable car), 17 km of bike paths, pedestrian walks...
Green spaces will be expanded, with the planting of 15,000 trees, while the new expressway will run underground for 2.5 km. Not to mention a program of economic, social and cultural development, which will include the enhancement of existing architectural heritage.
Artevia®, Lafarge's decorative touch to make the city more beautiful
Contacted early in the project by the authorities of the city of Rio in 2011, we provide approximately 70% of concrete needs - estimated at 250 000 m3 - with seventeen trucks and two pumps installed on site, supplied by a plant located 9 km.
Among the different qualities of concrete provided, our range of Lafarge decorative concrete Artevia® was chosen to mimic the traditional Portuguese ornament, made of black and white stones, on sidewalks including walkways of Copacabana beach.
Some of the materials coming from the demolitions needed for this project was taken to Lafarge Brazil's new building materials recycling site in Inhaúma.
Already partly built for the Football World Cup in June 2014 and for the 450th anniversary of the city in 2015, Porto Maravilha will be ready for the 2016 Olympic Games.