Amazing architecture on display at Rio Olympics

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The Olympic Games are seen as a celebration of human achievement, and not just for sports. The competition has also produced some of the world’s most spectacular buildings.

CCTV America’s Stephen Gibbs reports from Rio.

Amazing architecture on display at Rio Olympics

Amazing architecture on display at Rio Olympics

The Olympic Games are seen as a celebration of human achievement, and not just for sports. The competition has also produced some of the world's most spectacular buildings. CCTV America’s Stephen Gibbs reports from Rio.

Rio’s Olympic park, designed by a British firm had, from the start, less grand ambitions. The brief was to make many of the buildings re-usable.

One theme throughout the park is its curved forms – reminiscent of the architecture of Brasilia, Brazil’s modernist capital, largely designed by the famed Oscar Niemeyer.

But Oscar Niemeyer’s nephew, Joao Niemeyer, who is also an architect, is somewhat lukewarm about the design quality of the Olympic project.

While the architectural merit of the park is disputed, all seem to agree is that another part of the city has been transformed by the Olympics.