The Athletes' Village
The Athletes' Village consists of 31 apartment buildings, each with 17 floors. Approximately 11,000 athletes and 6,000 coaches will live here during the Olympic Games. All buildings have adapted units for residents with disabilities to accommodate all athletes, including those who will compete the Paralympic Games in September. This massive project cost almost 3 billion reais, or approximately one billion U.S. dollars, and was paid for by private funding.
The village from the outside
The village is located in Barra da Tijuca, a sprawling seaside neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro where a bulk of the sporting events will take place. The village complex consists of white high-rise buildings decorated with banners identifying the countries that the athletes represent. Athletes who will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics hail from 207 nations.
Inside the village
The Athletes' Village isn't just a mass of apartment buildings. The grounds of the village contain many facilities for residents to use during their stay: swimming pools, tennis courts, bike lanes and walking paths. These facilities will be used by residents in the future: after the Olympic and Paralympic Games finish, the apartment buildings will be sold to private owners.
Athletes will share bedrooms, and each room is furnished with two twin-size beds which are extendable for taller athletes. Bedrooms include a temporary wardrobe (a result of the city's need to economize when possible), side tables, and black-out curtains so that athletes will be able to catch some rest day or night.
One notable addition to the rooms is an air conditioning unit. Even though it is winter in Brazil, and therefore it will not be too hot, air conditioning was added due to concerns over the Zika virus--mosquitoes do not like air conditioned spaces.
In addition to the 3600+ apartments and outdoor facilities, the village includes many important interior facilities. These include huge cafeterias where thousands of athletes will eat every day, a fitness center, a medical room where ill athletes can be treated, lounges, and a physical therapy room.
Security is tight around Rio de Janeiro as the Olympics approach. There is a security presence at the village, as seen above during the opening ceremony of the Athletes' Village. This includes metal detectors at entrances.
One aspect of the Athletes' Village opening that has drawn attention is the condom distribution. Reportedly, more than 450,000 condoms will be distributed to the residents, which averages about 42 condoms per athlete, and condoms will be available through machines like the one above.
Concerns over the village
There have been concerns that the village would not be ready for the athletes and their coaches to move in. After some athletes arrived, they were met with exposed wires, improperly functioning toilets, and apartment towers that had not yet passed checks. However, construction teams have been working around the clock to get the buildings ready for residents and fixing last minute complaints. All buildings are expected to be fully ready for residents when the opening ceremony occurs on August 5.
The Olympic Village has been awarded the LEED ND pre-certificate, which means that it aims to meet standards for sustainable/green architecture. Some notable aspects of this sustainable design are the buildings' green roofs, which reduce heat on the buildings; solar panels that will be used for heating water; and a gray water treatment station. In addition, most of the waste from the construction project was re-used, and many of the furnishings and other supplies were produced sustainably.