Henning Larsen Architects opens sail-covered pavilion for Rio Olympics

Henning Larsen Architects opens sail-covered Danish pavilion for Rio Olympics

Rio 2016: Danish studio Henning Larsen Architects used boat sails and masts to create this maritime-inspired pavilion for the Rio 2016 Olympics (+ movie).

The pavilion – named Heart of Denmark – is located on Rio de Janeiro's iconic Ipanema Beach and was created by the Copenhagen-based architects as a gathering spot for Danish athletes and visitors to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Henning Larsen Architects completes sail-covered pavilion at Rio Olympics

The structure, which takes its cues from Denmark's sailing culture, hosts a bar, press room and an exhibition area promoting Danish companies and products.

Henning Larsen Architects completes sail-covered pavilion at Rio Olympics

White sail cloth is stretched over aluminium masts to create the 300-square-metre space.

"The design refers to Denmark as a seafaring and yachting nation," explained the studio, which first unveiled plans for pavilion earlier this year.

Henning Larsen Architects completes sail-covered pavilion at Rio Olympics

A cross-shaped piece of clear acrylic is set into the pavilion's faceted roof. When red LED lighting illuminates the structure at night it recreates the design of the Danish flag.

Henning Larsen Architects completes sail-covered pavilion at Rio Olympics

The corners of the structure angle upwards to create peaks that reference Rio's mountainous landscape, as well as the work of late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, said the firm.

Henning Larsen Architects completes sail-covered pavilion at Rio Olympics

The pavilion was commissioned by Danish tourist board VisitDenmark and is open to the public until 21 August 2016, the final day of the games.

Further north along Rio de Janeiro's coastline, stormy weather – which caused severe damage to an olympic sailing ramp last week – is delaying competition.

Follow our coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics for the latest news about venues, events and sporting kits.

Photography is by Pedro Kok.


Project credits:

Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
Engineers: Alectia
Construction: John Mast
Cover: OneSails
Lighting: Martin Professional
Graphics: Modulex
Client: VisitDenmark

Henning Larsen Architects completes sail-covered pavilion at Rio Olympics
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Henning Larsen Architects completes sail-covered pavilion at Rio Olympics
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Henning Larsen Architects completes sail-covered pavilion at Rio Olympics
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