Rio 2016 – Henning Larsen Architects created a temporary Danish Pavilion on the world-famous Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro overlooking Christ the Redeemer statue. Entitled Heart of Denmark it will hosts a variety of activities and exhibitions centered on Danish design, innovation, art, and culture – Watch the video.
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The 3250 ft2 pavilion is conceived as a simple tent construction. It is composed of four sections of metal profiles covered with white sail cloth. The four structures are connected by a cross shape in clear acrylic. The open space is organized around a bar, a press room, and an exhibition area.
The aluminum construction is by John Mast, a producer of sailboat masts, and the whole construction is covered with sail cloth manufactured by OneSails. “The pavilion’s simple and light expression is a reference Denmark’s maritime and sailing history” say at Henning Larsen Architects.
The lighting company Martin Professional, has designed a special LED lighting design to illuminate the pavilion at night. The lighting will be in the colors of the Danish or Brazilian flag, but because it is flexible, it can also be in the Olympic colors or be customized for particular events in the pavilion.
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Until the end of the Games on August 21, the pavilion will be open to the public (11 am-10pm) and will act as a gathering point for the Danish athletes, representatives and audience.
Henning Larsen Architects designed the Danish Pavilion in collaboration with Alectia, John Mast, OneSails, and the lighting compa- ny Martin Professional.
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All photos: courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects