Henning Larsen Designs Sail-Inspired Denmark Pavilion for the 2016 Summer Olympics

Exterior Rendered Perspective. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen
Exterior Rendered Perspective. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen has been selected to design a pavilion for Denmark for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Opening on Ipanema Beach from August 4-21, 2016, the pavilion – named “The Heart of Denmark” – will feature a tent structure that utilizes building techniques appropriated from sailboat construction. Inspired by Denmark’s maritime history, Danish architecture, the landscape of Rio de Janeiro and the buildings of Oscar Niemeyer, the pavilion will marry aesthetic iconography of both Denmark and Brazil.

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Exterior Rendered Night Time Perspective. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Exterior Rendered Night Time Perspective. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Located in a high-traffic area for both tourists and locals, the pavilion will offer views to the Atlantic Ocean and of the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. The 300-square-meter pavilion will be composed of four sections of metal profiles covered with white canvas and connected by a cross of clear acrylic.

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Pavilion Structure Isometric View. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Pavilion Structure Isometric View. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

The open space will feature a bar, a press room, an exhibition on sustainable cities and an amphitheater from which visitors can enjoy the views or watch the Olympics on a big screen. LED lighting by Martin Professional will provide flexible lighting at night, including the colors of the Danish or Brazilian Flag, theOlympics, or specific events.

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Aerial Rendered Night Time Perspective. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Aerial Rendered Night Time Perspective. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

John Mast, a producer of sailboat masts, designed the primary aluminum construction, and OneSails, manufacturers of sail cloth, provided the pavilion’s cover.

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Photos of Pavilion Parts Under Construction by John Mast. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Photos of Pavilion Parts Under Construction by John Mast. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

The pavilion will be open for the 2016 Summer Olympics from August 4-21 between 11am and 10pm.

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Ipanema – Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
  • Partner Responsible

    Søren Øllgaard
  • Design Team

    Emil Skibsted Tranæs, Jakob Birk Nielsen, Jens Larsen, Mads Vinding Johnsen, Thomas Persson Vestersøe and Vanda Oliveira
  • Visuals

    Aleksander Nowak and Omar Dabaan
  • Engineers

  • Construction

  • Cover

  • Lighting

  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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