Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen has opened 'Heart of Denmark,' the Danish pavilion at the Rio Summer Olympics. Inspired by Denmark's history as a seafaring nation stretching back to the Vikings of the middle ages, the pavilion's ceiling and walls are made from white sail cloth draped over a series of aluminum "masts."
A clear acrylic cross covers Heart of Denmark, serving as a dual reference to the clear panels that give competitive sailors a view of the downwind side of their vessels and to the horizontal cross that graces Denmark's flag. Indeed, the pavilion's white cloth is lit with red floodlights in the evenings, further referencing the nation's flag.
Located on Ipanema beach and watched over by the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, Heart of Denmark's prime location within Rio ensures that many Danes, Brazilians and other visiting foreigners alike will be able to visit the structure.