The Rio 2016 Summer Games start August 5, and a first glimpse of Canada Olympic House – a venue designed to host the family and friends of the athletes during their stay in the Brazilian metropolis – is now available.
The 15,000-square-foot house is being brought to life by Yabu Pushelberg, the famed design firm with studios in New York and Toronto, and it will showcase large-scale art by Canadian studio Moss and Lam. Even if you aren’t one of the 20,000 visitors who will congregate at Canada Olympic House, you can still appreciate the venue’s striking art and design with these sneak-peek renderings.
One of four works of art in the house created by Moss and Lam, a giant Canadian flag made of hanging painted paddles will be the focal point of the Celebration Room. Students at Etobicoke School of the Arts helped paint and assemble the masterpiece, which makes use of materials donated by team sponsor Canadian Tire.
A suspended sculpture made of more painted wooden paddles carries through the concept from the Celebration Room. All in all, over 200 paddles were used to create the Moss and Lam artwork in the house.
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students,” said Matthew Varey, an art teacher at Etobicoke School of the Arts. “We were all thrilled to participate in a work of such national importance, and our students are looking forward to seeing their efforts come to life when they watch the Games broadcast this summer.”
Several areas will feature special custom-designed ceiling light fixtures shaped like canoes, commissioned by Moss and Lam to be built by Toronto-based South Street Boatbuilders.
Together, the works of art in Canada Olympic House will highlight Canadian traditions and craftsmanship. Attending the Olympics and interested in a visit? Team Canada is currently looking into accommodating visitors on designated open-door days. Visit olympic.ca to stay updated.