Take a look inside Canada Olympic House
'Oasis of Canadiana' is not open to the public
By Evan Mitsui, CBC News Posted: Aug 04, 2016 10:32 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016 4:24 PM ET
Canada Olympic House is 'home away from home' in Rio
The friends and family members of the 315 athletes representing Canada at the Olympics are welcome, as are those of the coaches, sponsors and Canadian Olympic Committee delegates.
Its other function is to facilitate business meetings and private functions for the Olympic committee and other Canadian sports federations, according to the COC's website.
It's a repurposed athletics centre
The building was there before and remodeled for the Games, according to the CBC's David Common who toured it on Thursday. (He gives a sneak peak of the uniforms athletes will wear to the opening ceremony, too.)
It's located across from the rowing venue near Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. There is a public skate park across the street.
Inside there is a lot of red
Canada house is not open to the public
Access is by pre-registration only and visitors are required to sign-up online before being let in. That means a Canadian passport alone won't get visitors past security.
It's filled with picnic tables, Muskoka lounge chairs, hammocks and other touches the space's designers say lend to its relaxed ambiance.
Canada's home in Rio was designed in Toronto
Toronto and New York-based firm Yabu Pushelberg was tapped for the layout and design work while artists from Moss & Lam studios (also from Toronto) crafted the house's artwork, including the paddles hanging over the spiral staircase.
Photographs of past Olympics adorn the wall
In an interview with the CBC's Heather Hiscox, who also visited Thursday, George Yabu said he and his partner, Glenn Pushelberg, went for "simple icons like oars" (referring to the before-mentioned paddles) to express the "ironic wryness" at the core of their design.
We wanted it done in an 'artistic but subtle way'
The interior design incorporates references' to the building's corporate sponsors which include the Hudson's Bay Co. and the Molson Coors Brewing Company.
There is also a Canadian Tire logo behind the shelves in the pantry room, where visitors can grab a snack.
The COC expects more than 20 thousand visitors
Governor General David Johnson opened Canada House Thursday
Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard also stopped by (and had this to say on Instagram.)