How architecture defines the Olympic VIP experience
This article was originally published by The Spaces, a digital publication exploring new ways to live and work.
New stadiums might be stealing the architectural glory at the Rio Olympics, but the national hospitality houses are giving them a run for their money.
More than 30 nations have set up camp around Rio de Janeiro in sites that range from a 19th century mansion to a new beachside pavilion and a boat.
For many of these ad-hoc HQs -- which serve as visitor centers for officials, sportspeople, VIPs and even the public -- top designers and architects have been enlisted to provide a taste of their home nation within Brazilian surrounds.
Olympians lamenting the conditions of the athletes' village might want to decamp to these. See highlights in the gallery above.
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