The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced its partnership with Toronto-based design firm Yabu Pushelberg last Thursday. The design team, led by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, is working with the COC pro bono to support Team Canada in their pursuit of Olympic excellence and bringing its ‘comforting Canadiana’ concept to life. This was achieved through residentially-inspired spaces that are relaxed and welcoming. The transformation of simple, readily available objects into spectacular sculptural installations, paired with the repetition of honest materials and bold colour provide continuity within the interconnected rooms.

COH was made possible with the support of Team Canada’s corporate partners. Yabu Pushelberg collaborated early in the design phase with the COC’s partners to integrate them in a unique and authentic way. An example of this collaboration is with Canadian Tire Corporation. Canadian Tire and Sport Chek have provided product and furniture to make the space feel like home with some of the product being transformed into stunning design installations.

“The Canada Olympic House design is conceptually powerful and aims to represent all things Canadian with respect to excellence,” said Glenn Pushelberg, founder of Yabu Pushelberg. “We are a proudly Canadian company, fortunate to have the opportunity to work on interesting, inspiring projects around the globe, and this was an incredible chance for our studio to come together with an amazing group of partners, suppliers and collaborators to donate our time and skills.”

The home will also feature a series of artworks created by Canadian artist studio Moss and Lam. The studio is known for its large-scale artworks that integrate seamlessly with the interior design of a space. Moss and Lam worked with Yabu Pushelberg to develop a concept that will create a focal point for the COH and identify the host country to visitors – athletes and their families, Olympic delegates and special guests.

“We wanted to make art that would be uplifting and dynamic, that responded to the inherent energy of the Olympic Games,” said Deborah Moss, founder and principal of Moss and Lam. “We chose to work with traditional Canadian iconic images in a fresh way – Canada, our glorious red and white flag, canoes, paddles and maple leaves. We hope these familiar icons will express to our team our immense love and admiration so they know we’re behind them.”

Four separate works were created, including a suspended sculpture made of painted wooden paddles; a giant Olympic flag comprised of thousands of painted strips of canvas hanging in the celebration room; an installation of translucent canoes that sparkles with light, and an illuminated tree branch chandelier.



At COH, guests will have access to a multitude of products, information, services and resources. With double the capacity of COH for London 2012, more than 20,000 visitors are expected to access the Rio 2016 COH over the course of the Games. COH is a private facility that requires pre-registration and accreditation for entry. Guests will need to pre-register online. Onsite, a team of access staff, security staff and volunteers will monitor traffic and access to COH.

COH will be located at AABB-Rio (Associação Atlética Banco do Brasil), Avenida Borges de Medeiros No. 829, Leblon, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

All image credits: Canadian Olympic Committee
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