Monday, March 12, 2007

Olympic Stadium, Munich

The Olympic Stadium in Munich is part of a larger complex, Olympiapark, built for the 1972 Olympic Games. The Stadium was designed by architect Gunther Behnisch and engineer Frei Otto. It was considered revolutionary for its time, and retains its magnificence to this day, giving the impression of a much more contemporary construction. It is constructed with large canopies of acrylic glass stabilized by steel cables. This was the first time this method of tensile construction was used on a large scale. The form was intended to imitate the Alps, and make a statement for a new Germany that had moved on from its past into a democratic and technologically advanced future. The complex has continued to hold important athletic and musical events over the past 35 years, retaining its functionality and elegance.

Will Wingfield

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