Sunday, 12 August 2012

Olympic Houses

One of the surprising spin offs from the Olympics and one I never realised happened at such events is the creation of Olympic Houses. Many of the competing countries have created national hospitality houses to entertain athletes and VIP’s. Some are open to the public and the venues are used for hosting medal ceremonies, exhibitions, concerts and parties.

I understand that Holland House, based at Alexandra Palace, is the place to be as the Dutch know how to party, hence it's full title Holland Heineken House. 

Denmark is based at St Catherine’s Dock and brought a life size Viking long boat with them.

I visited Czech House at the Business Design Centre in Islington, which was used by the Czech Olympic Committee, the Czech Government and a Czech television station. Attractions included live basketball , huge screens showing the games, a London bus doing press ups (created by David Cerny) and a very well stocked bar full of the finest the Czech Republic has to offer.

Lasvit, Czech glass and crystal manufacturer: crystal lighting sculpture and hydrogene LED bar (click here) - Designboom

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