Project Description

Recent advances in automated technology allow for the integration of motion in buildings at an unprecedented scale and scope.  For the most part motion has been utilized for entertainment purposes, but this project considers others uses for motion and attempts to capitalize on the spatial changes that result from manipulating physical elements in real time.
The project is for a new Nike retail space and brand experience located outside the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.  Rio will host the upcoming 2014 World Cup Games, as well as the 2016 Olympic Games.  The Maracana Stadium will serve a pivotal role in both those events.  The project is situated between the stadium and nearby parking facilities and metro station.  It is designed to function as a gateway to and from the events.
FlySpace is a concept that utilizes a repetitive motion in the z-axis. The term makes reference to theatrical fly spaces, the area above a stage for storing movable scenery.  Action on the stage is transformed by moving the scenery up or down.  Similarly, a single moving floor plate moves either up or down between two fixed floors making a variety of functions and spatial configurations possible.
FlySpace also refers to FlyKnit, a technology developed by Nike for a light-weight shoe upper.  The upper is machine woven with colored thread and is one of the fastest and most flexible shoes on the market.  The moving floor plate is articulated as a two-way structural web, each structural member is 8-12” deep.  They fold down from the ceiling to for create rooms suspended from the floor above.  Either side of every member is a painted a different color.  The effect is a tapestry of woven colors, similar to the FlyKnit shoe.  The final product combines literal and phenomenal forms of motion into a single moving surface.