The 2016 Summer Olympics commonly known as Rio 2016 was held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In recent years, the Olympic games have developed also in the Netherlands into one of the most popular sporting events next to the major football events. That is why the sport program NOS Studio Rio 2016 took a prominent place in the summer programming. The European Championship Football was also held in June in 2016. NOS commissioned me to deliver a set design also for the UEFA Euro France 2016.
‘In this year – also an Olympic year, NOS commissioned me to develop set designs for major sporting events’
Assignment for the set design
The designing assignment consisted of delivering a total set design for the on-location production. Henry Schut presented the program from a studio complex with a view of the Olympic park in the background. Developing the artwork for the upholstery of the seating object was also a part of the assignment. NOS supplied the stock material for the artwork regarding the sidewalls. The set design had to take into account the guidelines and the official identity of the Olympic event. The design was therefore presented to the Olympic organization for approval in phases.
Transformation into a TV studio
The main task in design was developing the interview set in the form of modern seating object and the decoration of the walls.The interview set consisted also the side tables and a raised floor build from segments. The vertical oriented lamellar structure of plexiglass and the build-in TV screens were installed for the depth effect. By assembling the red decorative walls with large prints the space transformed into a real TV studio.
The set construction company Unbranded Experience fabricated the entire setting. They commissioned the lighting decoration company YellowSpot for the decorative LED lighting. The complete decor was prebuild in a test location before it was packed for transport. After the Olympics, the scenery was converted for the broadcasts of the Paralympic Summer Games.
The lighting agency Light-H-Art provided the lighting design in close collaboration with the TV director Matthias Bouman.