Hydrostadium is behind an R&D programme concerned with the development of a new approach to artificial rivers, RiverBox®.
RiverBox® is a river that is built out of transportable modules that are placed on scaffolding, all of which is placed in a leaktight basin. This technique allows the slope of the RiverBox® to be altered from one installation to another. Consequently, the rafting difficulties are adjustable and the river can be switched from a whitewater discovery course into a venue fit for the Olympics.
RiverBox® comprises three technical features :
To take advantage of the following points, RiverBox® can be used with existing infrastructure (for example: football stadium, auditorium) :
There was no reconversion project for the last whitewater stadiums built for the Olympic Games. RiverBox® would allow the site to be fully cleared after the Games, resulting in no heavy infrastructure to be managed or maintained.
RiverBox® can be moved as and when events are held, regardless of the location, such as :
Traditional whitewater stadiums occupy large areas of land which are situated, ideally, close to a body of water. As a result, the site chosen is often very far away from other events. RiverBox® enables the host country to bring whitewater competitions closer to spectators who travel to the venue to see other sports.