Following the triumph of London 2012, these are the eagerly-awaited first images of the massive sports complex to be developed to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The park will be built in Barra da Tijuca, a district to the southwest of the popular tourist destinations of Ipanema and Copacabana, on the triangular site of the circuit that used to host the Brazilian F1 GP. Surrounded by Rio's natural beauty, it will overlook the lagoon of Jacarepagua, with Rio's hills in the background. The 300-acre site will host 15 Olympic sports, although the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletics, will be held off-site at the historic Maracana football stadium. It was conceived by London-based architects with Aecom, who beat another 58 teams to win the bid and also designed the London 2012 venues. The design, which has various green-themed zones, "grew from the idea of a new urban ecology deeply rooted in the culture of Brazil," said Bill Hanway, the bid's project leader. The images show a plan for the Games, as well as a plan and an illustration of the "legacy" side of the project, with future usage including homes, businesses, a forest park and training facilities to discover new sporting talent. The costs of the Games are currently estimated at around $15bn.
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