To mark the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Copenhagen-based architectural firm Henning Larsen designed the fabric-covered Danish Pavilion located the renowned Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janiero.Announced in March of this year, the composition represents Denmark internally and externally with a lightweight structure featuring aluminum masts and cloth used for sails, manufactured by OneSails.
Named the Heart of Denmark, the design aims to strengthen Denmark’s reputation worldwide. The structure from above draws influence from the country’s flag and at night, the pavilion is illuminated with red LED lighting.
The pavilion covers 3250 square feet and includes a bar, press room, and exhibition area. Throughout the Olympics, it will host a number of activities and exhibitions centered on Danish design, innovation, art and culture and serve as a point of gathering for the Danish athletes, representatives and audiences.
“The pavilion’s simple and light expression is a reference to Nordic architecture and to Denmark’s maritime and sailing history,” explain the architects. “The triangular shells of the pavilion also pay tribute to Rio de Janeiro’s hilly landscape, and are inspired by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic style.”
Visitdenmark.com, the Ministry of Business and Growth, the Danish Industry Foundation, Realdania, Nordea Foundation, and Grundfos are the partners behind the project.