Danish Rio 2016 pavilion references maritime culture and Oscar Niemeyer designs

Danish studio Henning Larsen Architects used boat sails and masts to create a seagoing inspired pavilion for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The pavilion is a gathering spot for Danish athletes and visitors to the games and is located on Ipanema Beach.

The “Heart of Denmark” which takes its cues from the country’s sailing culture, hosts a bar, press room and an exhibition area promoting Danish companies and products.

White sail cloth is stretched over aluminium masts to create the space.

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

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.

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.

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