Rio de Janeiro is in full construction mode as Brazil ramps up for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The city is racing to complete the required venue renovations and infrastructure necessary to support the 500,000 visitors who will soon be arriving, prompting us to look at the city’s rich architectural history — particularly the modernist architecture that compliments Rio’s tropical landscape.

From European-inspired 19th century buildings to the work of architect and city planner Lúcio Costa and legendary modernist Oscar Niemeyer, Rio is an architectural showcase, which will serve as a dramatic backdrop for this summer’s contests.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn