Client: Rio State Government, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Year: 2010 – 2012
The Maracanã Stadium was built to host the 1950 World Cup and still holds the record attendance for a World Cup Final of almost 200,000 spectators. The stadium underwent major renovations in preparation for the Brazil 2014 FIFATM World Cup Final, Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and for us in other major events in legacy.
To complement the redevelopment, Steer was commissioned by the Rio State Government to review spectator access routes to/from and around the Stadium. We considered all aspects of walking routes such as footways, pedestrian crossings, desire lines, signage, street furniture, lighting, vehicular traffic and parking. Our review also evaluated the impact of existing projects proposed for the area.
After establishing the key pedestrian routes we developed a pedestrian movement strategy and recommendations for public realm enhancements along key routes linking the stadium with transport hubs in the surrounding area. Key outputs included:
- A full streetscape design for the main walking route;
- Conceptual design of two bridges;
- Design of two public plazas; and
- Wayfinding principles, signage plan and sign designs
- Event based wayfinding overlay