yabu pushelberg to house canadian athletes at the rio 2016 olympics
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it has been announced that yabu pushelberg will realize canada’s olympic house for the summer sporting event held in rio de janiero this year. commissioned by the canadian olympic committee (COC) the house will instill and bring a ‘comfortable canadiana’ concept, with a patriotic image employed throughout interiors. the response sees the use of simple, readily available objects into spectacular sculptural installations, paired with the repetition of honest materials and bold color provide continuity within the interconnected rooms.

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moss and lam art studios will create the canadian-inspired art installations inside




as well as hosting their corporate operations headquarters, at the COH facilities include: comfortable viewing areas for sport and medal celebrations and competitions, a canadian olympic team store, wifi and host dedicated events for athletes and their family and friends, including opening and closing ceremony celebrations.



‘the canada olympic house design is conceptually powerful and aims to represent all things canadian with respect to excellence.  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. it has been an invigorating experience for everyone involved.’glenn pushelberg, founder, yabu pushelberg
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the COH will be located at associação atlética banco do brasil, avenida borges de medeiros no. 829, rio de janiero




‘our aim is to show the world that canadian design is progressive and sophisticated. the design for canada olympic house is bold, smart, fresh and unexpected. creativity does not equate to the amount of money spent on a project; rio 2016 coh celebrates the transformation of simple, readily available objects and materials to express a verve and vitality unique to this time and place. an enforced rigor elevates the mundane, along with sculptural installations by a group of talented canadian artists and artisans with a transformative approach to materiality.  the result is something much more impactful than the sum of its parts.’ – george yabu, founder, yabu pushelberg