Denmark hopes to make a splash at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a maritime-inspired pavilion. Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects recently unveiled plans for the building, named “The Heart of Denmark,” which combines building methods found in sailboat construction with LEDs. The pavilion draws inspiration from both Denmark and Brazil - from the Danes’ rich maritime history to the buildings of renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
The Heart of Denmark pavilion will be sited on Ipanema Beach in a high-traffic area with views of the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east, as well as the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain in the north. The 300-square-meter angular sail-inspired pavilion will feature an aluminum frame that lifts up into triangular points in the four corners. White sail canvas will wrap around the structure and is connected with a cross of clear acrylic.
The airy interior will include a bar, pressroom, exhibition on sustainable cities, an amphitheater, and a large screen that will stream the Olympics events. The white pavilion will be awash in color at night thanks to programmable LED lighting that can project different colors depending on context. The Heart of Denmark pavilion will be open from August 4 to August 21, 2016 between 11AM and 10PM.