Tokyo 2020; Finland / Metsä Pavilion by Helin & Co Architects

Metsä Pavilion Tokyo 2020. Photo: Helin & Co Architects.


Architects’ description:

Helin & Co Designs Metsä Pavilion for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
Helin & Co Architects is designing a wooden Metsä pavilion to be used during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The pavilion will rise to the site of the Finnish Embassy in Japan, which is centrally located in Tokyo near the Roppongi district.

The long traditions of wood architecture in both Japan and Finland have been taken into consideration in the design process. “The pavilion is approachable and authentic while being stylish and of high quality at the same time,” says Pekka Helin, architect of the pavilion.

One of the carrying themes is sustainability, and in the future the building will be used for other purposes as well. “Once the pavilion is no longer needed, it can be demolished, sent to another location and rebuilt there. The main idea is to demonstrate to the pavilion visitors how in Finland, wood is used ecologically and sustainably,” Helin says.

The Metsä pavilion is a versatile space where many kinds of different events, such as seminars, exhibitions and parties can be organized. The pavilion will also serve as a meeting place for Finland’s Olympic team during the Summer Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. The pavilion will be built by Metsä Group and Business Finland.


Source and more images: Website Helin & Co Architects

Tokyo 2020; Archery venue completed

Last weekend, The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic archery venue was opened.





News report (in Japanese)


Read more:
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field hits the bullseye (press release IOC)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic archery venue officially opened (press release World Archery)

Tokyo 2020; Pictograms Paralympic Games

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has unveiled the design of the pictograms for the next Paralympic Games.

Facts & Figures

  • Designer: Masaaki Hiromura (1954, graphic designer)
  • 23 Designs
  • 22 Sports
  • Two sets: Frame type and Free type
  • Colour variations: Blue (like the Tokyo 2020 emblems) and five other traditional Japanese colours: kurenai, ai, sakura, fuji and matsuba.


Concept video


Introduction video


Pictograms Frame type

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games


Pictograms Free type

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games


“It is a real honour to have participated in the design of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games sport pictograms. I have tried to express the dynamic beauty of the athletes through these pictograms, while respecting the legacy bequeathed by the pioneers of the Japanese design industry in their designs for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. The 2020 designs took us almost two years to complete and they embody the thoughtful input of the many people involved. I hope that these pictograms will inspire everyone and help generate excitement for the different sports at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and that they will colourfully decorate the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”

Masaaki Hiromura, designer of the Tokyo 2020 pictograms