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Sochi ,Russia 2014 . Honourable .Mention


Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari used the term "rhizome" and "rhizomatic" to describe elements that allows multiple and non-hierarchical entries and exit points in their structure.


“The principal characteristics of a rhizome: unlike tress or their roots, the rhizome connects any point to any other point, and its traits are not necessarily linked to traits of the same nature; it brings into play very different regimes of signs, and even nonsign states. A rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo.”

A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1980)

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari


The building is located in the high snowy mountains of any auspicious place to host a Winter Olympic Games.


The project is conceived as the Deleuzian rhizomatic thinking. It emerges among snow covered pines as a winding stripe, entangling over itself along its 6km lenght, evoking the soulful sensuality of natural structures, but also the footprints left over by human displacements - randomly left in circulation spaces, as the curves skiers trace on snow.


The slenderness of the band (9m) and supports provides the necessary transparency to – as a rhizomatic structure –blur the boundaries between outside and inside.


The linear 6km of the Rizoma building grow and branch out to reach 120m high with a slope of 2%. The 54'000m2 of indoor program are inserted as a DNA band, so that the building has no beginning or end and, as Rhizome, could grow indefinitely.

TEAM: Daniel Florez + Mariana Vilela + Raul Torres


Honourable Mention

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